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Christmas Hamper & Turkey Drive Inspire 12days For Good!
During a remarkable 12days for good, December 10-21, 2012, approximately 600 volunteers shared the gift of food with local families in need. Some worked tirelessly at the warehouse, sorting and packing hampers, December 7-14. More volunteers delivered 4,250 hampers to local families December 10-18. As part of their hamper, each family received a voucher for a turkey, which they could pick up at one of two designated locations during the day, December 13-20. Volunteers braved the elements to make sure that hamper recipients received their turkeys.
Inspired by these volunteers House of Friendship invited everyone in our community to get involved during the Holiday season and to do good to the power of 12: volunteer 12 days; donate 12 items; do 12 good deeds; help 12 people... HOF's social media (twitter, Facebook, blog and web site) captured all of the action for 12days for good 2012: 12 official 'Do Gooders' inspired people across the Region, bringing help and hope to over twenty local charities and causes. On Friday December 21 we hosted a Christmas Volunteer Appreciatio event for Christmas Hamper and Turkey Drive volunteers. We celebrated 'the good'.
From Rockway Mennonite Collegiate's incredible Food Drive, that collected the equivalent of 27,040 cans of food for the Christmas Hamper program, to Laurelwood Public School in Waterloo, which collected a whopping $4,130 for the annual Turkey Drive, it was an amazing 12 days. Thanks to one and all for making it a 'good' Christmas for many less-fortunate families in our community.
- 4,250 Christmas Hampers
- 3,600 Turkeys
- 600 Hams
- 200 Halal chickens
- 650 volunteers (Christmas Hampers and Turkey Drive)
- 12,000 people fed with food, hope and compassion
- 1 large dose of community spirit: priceless!
- And of course, 1 very grateful House of Friendship. THANK YOU
The 10th annual Turkey Drive Gobbles Up Food & Hope
Thanks to the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club for officially sponsoring House of Friendship's Christmas Hamper Program as one of its charitable projects and for continuing its wildly successful Turkey Drive, which enables us to include turkeys in Christmas Hampers.
This year marks a special 10th anniversary of the Turkey Drive, which was officially kicked off Friday December 7, 2012 at the Christmas Hamper warehouse, 341 Marsland Drive, Waterloo. Need for emergency food remained high last year; Rotarians were aiming to raise $275,000 to help fund turkeys and food products for 4,200 food hampers.
The 2012 Turkey Drive funded food for a record 4,250 Christmas Hampers, 3,600 turkeys, 200 Halal chickens, and over 500 bus tickets, all of which helped over 12,000 people!