Because of you 1515 children and 747 women got a gift this season.
This year we were hit hard by an increase in women and children needing toys this year – and a decrease in toy donations. Local media even did a story on the toy shortage and our empty toy shelves.
But when we asked for your help you responded! With your help we gave out 23% more gifts than we did last year.
Over a hundred volunteers donated their time giving out toys.
Many more Calgarians responded by dropping in with toy donations from local businesses and families.
We even had one woman, Shellie, who won a shopping contest on the radio and the first thing she and her two daughters did was shop for toys for the Women’s Centre Toy Room. Amazing!
Thanks to you our Toy Room continues to be a success and impacts hundreds of women.
As one volunteer put it:
“Volunteering yesterday afternoon at The Women’s Centre was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to do it again next year! The energy was intoxicating and the Christmas spirit everywhere. Women were telling me about their struggles and successes but most of all how grateful and thankful they were … It was such a wonderful experience.”
We could not have done it without you.
Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year!
Women’s Centre of Calgary staff