In partnership with Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation and PCCA (Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association) Alberta, thanks to the funds by Stepping Stones, a program of Calgary Foundation and Connect First Credit Union, we were able to give away 60 care packages to newcomer seniors living in Calgary. The two organizations worked together to identify low-income newcomer seniors that were isolated and needed care packages. This was done through a community call to action and phone interviews.
The care packages were put together and delivered with the help of volunteers during the month of May. We were deliberate in ensuring that the packages content were based on the ethnic needs as well as useful sanitation products for COVID-19. We also made sure we supported local businesses when giving out these packages by trying our best to buy only from local small businesses. For example we supported local seamstresses in getting fabric masks made, supported ethnic businesses with getting some food items and local breweries in getting hand sanitizers ,and more.
As well, we had local school children send cards for the seniors that we included in the packages. The packages also included in language information about COVID-19 and how to wash hands and stay safe during this time that were professionally translated. The packages were dropped off at the door and every senior who recieved the package was delighted to receive them.
If you would like to donate sanitary and health items (hand sanitizer, reusable masks, soap, vitamins c packets, multivitamins, tissue papers etc.), then connect with us for drop off location. Contact us here or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also accepting cards made by kids to add to each package to bring cheer during this time! Contact for address / drop off location. Donations accepted for the next week.