Tis the season!Posted December 12, 2017 by Sarah Dermer
It’s Christmas Gift Bag time here at CCSC, when community members put together gift bags for our adult guests. Christmas gift bags contain new containers of shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, feminine hygiene products, warm socks, gloves, shaving cream, chocolates, coffee and deodorant. Those bags are handed out through December and January to every adult guest who walks through our door. While there are many programs in town that focus on giving to children at this time of year, CCSC is the only program that provides a gift to adults. Many of our guests tell us that the CCSC gift bag is the only gift they receive at Christmas.
Last year we witnessed Guelph community’s generosity in full force during our Christmas Gift Bag Campaign. You might remember this article from last year when we invited community members to donate to the campaign. And maybe you saw this article from last year, too. That article was written by CCSC as a thank you to the community because holy smokes a whopping 826 Christmas bags were donated to us, by individuals and families and churches and organizations and small businesses and places like the City of Guelph and Liz Sandals’ office and Winmar and OMAFRA.
So, we’re in the middle of all of that again right now. And it’s kind of an amazing thing, how people just grab hold of our Christmas Gift Bag Campaign and make it a family priority this time of year. The centre is abuzz with first-time and long-time donors walking through our doors with beautiful full gift bags, ready for distribution to guests. Our youngest donor this year is our friend, 13-year-old Ethan Steele. He donated over 10 bags last year, of his own accord, just by soliciting all his friends and family. And this year, he managed to collect a total of 30 Christmas gift bags (WOW!), which he dropped off before his parents brought him to school on Friday morning.
The Christmas Gift Bag Campaign provides an opportunity for community members to make a small difference in the lives of people they have never met. And provides people, like Ethan, to contribute to a place like CCSC in an unique way.
Comment by Anne Purkis -December 13, 2017 @ 2:11 pm
Wohoo, well done Ethan!