Posts Tagged ‘Donor appreciation’

Christmas Hamper Success

December 24, 2010

Welcome to the Christmas Hamper Program.

I can hardly believe how quickly the last couple of weeks have flown by. It seems like only yesterday that I was sorting through mail at the Christmas Bureau and anticipating the excitement that occurs with the Christmas Hamper program. I didn’t know then just how massive an undertaking the Christmas Hamper program is, and how amazing our community is for responding to a need and making this project happen.

So the Christmas Hamper program has come to a close. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s been a whirlwind! The official numbers are in, and this year was yet another record breaker. With over 3,875 hampers delivered, 10,250 people in Kitchener-Waterloo received food, hope and compassion this Christmas season. In addition to these hampers, we also distributed 3,000 turkeys and 500 hams. (more…)

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Gift in Kind: Thank you!!!!!!

November 2, 2010

“House of Friendship allows people to share what they can’t use anymore, and we’re quickly able to find someone in need.”

Tony styling a gift in kind donation that the staff enjoyed having a photo shoot with that day!

This quote is from an interview I had with Tony Bender, our Community Services Director. I approached Tony for the interview after Matt suggested writing a blog on the gift in kind donations our program receives. Personally I believe Tony was the perfect person to turn to for answers since he’s worked with House of Friendship for over 30 years and (conservatively) estimates that he spends five to six hours on gift in kind projects each week! He certainly had a lot of information and stories to share. So I hope this blog can pass on his experiences and knowledge.

Gift in kind donations are important to our program since many patrons are looking for help with more than just food. Patrons request help with pots and pans, after leaving an abusive relationship or being evicted. Some patrons want help with bedding and blankets, after immigrating to the area. Various patrons come hoping to find books to read to their children, or to assist themselves in learning English. Other patrons turn to our program searching for an outfit to wear at an interview. The reasons and needs are endless, which is why it’s easy to see how each donation is important, useful and appreciated by the many patrons we serve, and the programs of House of Friendship. (more…)

Not your traditional milk – but just as good!

September 14, 2010

Any of the volunteers and staff who have worked at our program over the last two years will likely be able to tell you something about goat’s milk, as it’s been a familiar donation to our program over this period. Because it’s a regular donation for our program, some of our faithful blog readers may also feel familiar with this product since we’ve likely mentioned it in a few earlier blogs. Either way, let’s continue the trend in helping more people become familiar with goat’s milk! (more…)

One big thank you!

September 8, 2010

September is here! And as is tradition, we spent the first Wednesday of the month (when the program is closed) preparing for and celebrating at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party.

Bruce and his wife at the beginning of the party.

As the party continued, more people trickled in.

Francis and his wife hoping to win big.

Everyone enjoying the abundance of food.

Willard and his wife.

This celebration is one way that we thank our volunteers for all the work they do year round to help the thousands of people who come to us for food. We pause, and say a big thank you to all of our volunteers—not just the ones at the party—who contributed approximately 15,000 hours to the program in 2009, and who continue to amaze us with their dedication in 2010.

As usual the BBQ and ensuring celebration was a huge success.  Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church was kind enough to let us use their gymnasium and kitchen for the event for the third year in a row.   In the past we hosted the event at our facilities on Guelph Street  and the parking lot which was a logistical nightmare, so thank you!

Another massive shout-out needs to be given to the businesses in our region that provided donations for the annual volunteer raffle. Almost every volunteer who attended walked away with something.  Everyone has a lot of fun with this event and it would not have been possible without the generosity of the following establishments:
Boston Pizza (the locations at 597 King Street North and 721 Ottawa Street)
Canadian Tire at 1400 Ottawa Street South
The Children’s Museum at 10 King Street West
Crossroads Restaurant
Earthwinds at 42 King Street South
Frederick Brunswick Bowling
The Future Shop at 580 King Street North
Galaxy Cinemas at 550 King Street North
McDonald’s at 55 Northfield Drive
Starbucks at 95 King Street
Ten Thousand Villages at 80 King Street South
Tim Hortons at 197 Frederick Street
Walmart at Fairview Mall

Also thanks to Flourish, the local floral company that kindly contributed (and hand delivered) the beautiful sunflower centerpieces for the tables.  They really brightened the evening.

Finally, thank you to everyone who helped ensure the evening ran smoothly. To all the current and former staff, family and friends, your assistance was much appreciated!

Team BBQ work their magic. Thank you to Eby Village and Charles Village for lending us their equipment!