I’ve decided that I’d like to do something this year for those in need. I’ve wanted to do this for awhile now but never took the initiative. It seems like more than ever local families are in need. I also understand food banks could use our help more than ever.
I know there are so many organizations out there that are doing incredible things. Organizations I could help out, in fact, when I tell people what I’d like to do, many say, ‘why don’t you help _____’.
The truth is, I want to do my own thing, but I want to do it together. I could have helped another organization but truthfully besides some food items here or a gift there, I haven’t done as much as I’d like to.
Others say, ‘wait till you have more time to plan’, when I hear that I think to myself, how many families can we help this year that will appreciate that I don’t wait for another year. I think, how many families could we have helped if I started this 5 years ago when I first thought of it.
So I’ve decided to start a Campaign called:
‘100 Boxes for 100 Local Families’.
I couldn’t imagine what it would be like not to have a Christmas dinner, so I’m going to do everything I can to collect food in and around the community to feed at least 100 of them. I’ve never done this before, I have no idea how this will go over. I don’t know if we’ll have a bunch of help, if I’ll be turned away, or how this idea will be received. Nonetheless, I’m willing to try and see what happens.
What I’d like to do is collect ingredients for 1 Christmas dinner to feed a family of 4 in each box. This would include things like canned cranberries, peas, carrots, etc. Boxes of stuffing or other non-perishable items. I do have the ability to collect turkeys but only a limited amount at this time, so gift card for a turkey would be better.
How Can you Help?
Not every is able to donate food is more than understandable. You can however contribute by asking a local business to keep a box, you can tell a friend, you can also share this post on your social media page. There are so many ways to help out which we more than appreciate other than by donating food items.
I am open to anyone willing to help in any way. We are working on finding businesses in the area where you can drop off your items, which I’ll collect at a later date. If you have a box or food items I’d be more than happy to pick them up from you.
If you know of a business that would like to put a box out for us please let me know. If you or anyone else you know would like to help collect items please let me know. If you have any ideas on how we can make this idea turn into a reality, please let me know by commenting below or calling 888-572-5552 (please leave a message and I’ll get back to you).
I’ll keep you updated on the progress as we proceed on our True Form Facebook page.
And I’ll leave you with this list of food items that we’d like to add to each box. I know for me, when I’m asked to bring a food item I never know what to bring or how much. First of all, anything, even one item would be more than appreciated. And secondly, we’ll take whatever you might have to donate but to make it easy, choosing from this list works best.
- Cans of peas
- Bag of carrots
- Bag or box of potatoes
- Box of Bisquick (to make buns or Rolls)
- Box of Chocolates
- Jar of Pickles
- Jar of olives
- Box of stuffing
- Gift Card for a Turkey (or Ham)
- Cake mix or other easy to prepare dessert
- Can of gravy or gravy mix
- Can of cranberries
(Side note: A box like this costs roughly $50 depending on what items are on sale and how big your Turkey or Ham is).
The boxes will be picked up the week of the 19th OR as they are filled. So if you have a box filled someone will pick it up to be stored so it’s out of the way and accounted for.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below.
We thought it might be fun to make a chart, track our progress and share with you to let you know how our 100 Boxes for 100 Local families Campaign is going.
As you’ll see in the chart, we’re at 10 boxes, which is pretty good given we only started a week ago. But we’ve got a long way to go in a short time!
I’ve put together a list of businesses where you can drop off your goods if you’d like to contribute. We’ll continue to add to the list as the week goes on. For the moment these businesses include:
Aaron Laviolette‘s Tire Shop, Sparkling Dahlia, Olds Uptown Market / Shirley’s Greenhouses, Westview Co-operative (Olds CO-OP), Astoria Family Restaurant, All About You Fitness and Yoga by Jamie-Dee, and the Wild Rose Clinic. If you have or know of a business that would like to donate or keep a box out for us for your customers, please let me know!
Thanks so much for your support! It’s going to be an exciting week to see how many boxes we can fill! Feel free to share and let others know what we’re doing as we work together to collect Christmas Dinner’s and to bring the community together!