Helping Hampers 2016: A Heartwarming Success

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Photos taken at Queen Elizabeth High School

Happy New Year!

Our largest annual campaign, Helping Hampers, is officially all wrapped up for 2016. With the help of all of our participating schools and businesses, our wonderful GEOMEER volunteers, and everyone else who donated items, time or energy, we successfully put together and delivered 69 hampers! We’d like to thank our 26 fantastic volunteers who organized the entire operation this year, and who worked extremely hard to keep communication lines open and to ensure both collection and delivery processes went smoothly.

Check below for a list of participating schools, for some shout-outs to some of our star volunteers, and for some heartwarming thank-you letters from families who received hampers.

Final List of Participating Organizations: (*23)
*Jasper Place High School
*Queen Elizabeth High School
*Edmonton Christian High School
*Vernon Barford Junior High School
*Harry Ainlay Composite High School
*Aspen Gardens Community League
*RVX Factor
*M.E. LaZerte High School
*Avalon Junior High School
*Dr. Massey Elementary-Junior High School
*McKernan School
*KPMG
*McNally High School
*Lillian Osborne High School
*Old Scona Academic High School
*Golden Bears Football
*Vimy Ridge Academy
*Mount Royal Elementary School
*Victoria School of the Arts
*Dickinsfield School
*Archbishop MacDonald High School
*W P Wagner School
*J. Percy Page High School

Volunteer Features:
A special thank you to some of our star volunteers: Bella King (Project Manager), Daniel Ghods (Program Manager), Ojas Srivastava (Program Manager), Mostafa Abbasi (Project Manager), Ayman Adwan (Project Manager), Abdul Sheikh (Project Manager), Farheen Hope Saleem (Program Manager), Will Comeau (Program Manager), Ayush Chadha (Project Manager), Tyler Engelking (Project Manager), Maha Adnan (Project Manager), Chandu Sadasivan (Project Manager), and our Mentorship trio: Nicole, Olivia and Rabib. All of our volunteers did incredible work this season, but these listed here went above and beyond in terms of organizing and executing the campaign, and maintaining communication and engagement. We literally could not have done it without you!

Thank-you Notes:
We’d like to share a couple of the lovely thank-you notes we’ve received from families who benefitted from our Helping Hampers this holiday season.

*I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the food and other items you offered to my family during the Christmas period. We were taken by surprise to receive such a huge quantity of assorted food items and other supplies. Honestly speaking I had to share with other five families. On behalf of my wife and children and the other five families I shared with, I want to say thank you for the work you are doing. I know what it takes to do what you are doing and its our wish that God should continue to guide, protect and give the strength to more to the community. Keep up with the good work and God will continue to bless you.

*We are overwhelmed with your generosity. Thank you to Westminster School for the many, many boxes and cards for our family. This kindness will keep us going a long while. Though we are without our husband and father, we are blessed to be a part of this community. May you and your families feel the love as we do this Christmas.

One last thank-you to everyone who participated in Helping Hampers 2016. Best wishes for your new year, from GEOMEER!