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Christmas Hamper Outreach

December 15, 2020

Tuesday, December 16:

Thank you for your support

Over the past week, we prepared and delivered 60 hampers. Many cards and notes of thanks were received from our recipients. A sincere message of thanks to all who contributed to our 2020 Hamper Campaign, to the Knights of Columbus and parish schools for their support. We are grateful to Fr. Poul, Fr. Raul, and our parish staff who supported our endeavour. May you all have a blessed and peaceful Christmas season!

Note: If you or someone you know belongs to our parish area and would like to request a hamper, please contact our SSVP intake line at 403-249-0423 ext.122.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold a large Hamper Day event this year. This will be sad news to those who look forward to participating in this event that is truly a parish highlight every Christmas! Yet, this year we need your assistance more than ever: requests for help at Christmas are coming in, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is working to meet the needs and deliver hampers while maintaining the safety of our volunteers and recipients.

How you can help:

This year, we’re unable to handle food donations or process Angel Tree gifts. Instead, SSVP will purchase all required food from our wholesaler and would welcome your support for this in the form of monetary donations.

Donations to SSVP may be made through the following (tax receipts will be issued in Jan 2021):

  1. in the collection basket
  2. by using the green envelopes in the SSVP donation bin/lockbox in the gathering area
  3. online through Canada Helps (Under “Fund”, select “Society of St. Vincent de Paul”)

Donate online

Gifts for children: While we are unable to provide gifts, we will be providing gift cards to families with children. Walmart and Superstore gift cards in the amount of $35 are needed for this purpose. Any donations may be dropped at the parish office, labelled SSVP Christmas Hamper Donation, or placed in the SSVP collection bin collection lockbox in the gathering area.

Volunteers: Since we are not holding a large Hamper Day event this year, we are currently not taking in new volunteers.

Further details will be made available as we complete our plans. For more information, email ssvp@saintmichael.ca.




December 15, 2020
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St. Michael Catholic Community
800 85 St. SW
Calgary, AB T3H 4C7 Canada
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