Making Christmas Bright

Amanda receives food at food bank
by SalvationArmy.ca
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Christmas is supposed to be a season of joy and celebration. But for Amanda and her family, Christmas 2018 was a time of hungry bellies and no money for gifts. “Our comfortable lives had changed in an instant,” says Amanda. “The support we received from The Salvation Army in Calgary was incredible.”

‘We’d never had to use a food bank but we came to the point where we really needed it.”

Amanda first heard through social media about The Salvation Army. They were hosting a weekly children’s group, which Amanda felt would be a great opportunity for her home daycare children to interact with others and learn new skills. The sense of security and warmth she found when she and the little ones attended made it easier for her to ask for help when times became tough.

“My husband, an electrician by trade, was laid off when business slowed down. Opportunities for employment in that field were scarce,” says Amanda. “Coping with the aftermath of sudden job loss was traumatic. We’d never had to use a food bank but we came to the point where we really needed it.”

“The Salvation Army makes me feel like we are all in this together.”

Amanda says that the boost of food she received from The Salvation Army made it possible for her to pay other bills.

“And then came Christmas,” Amanda continues. “I was devastated when I realized the only presents under the tree would be from nanny and grampy and that a turkey dinner with all the fixings was just a dream.”

When Amanda received a Christmas hamper, she was overwhelmed by the kindness.

“The Salvation Army makes me feel like we are all in this together,” says Amanda. “They were our biggest supporters.”

The work The Salvation Army does to help lift up those in need continues to be critically important. People shouldn’t be alone in their struggles. Your generosity not only helps those who rely on our programs and services during the Christmas season but all year long.

“When you donate, it means a lot to people like my family because, for us, help came when it was needed most,” says Amanda.