Christmas fun at Hope Mission in Calgary
Hope Mission hosted three community events in December to help celebrate the Christmas season.
Starting with the Kids Christmas Party on December 1, more than 200 children between the ages 6 and 11, and their families, were served an activity-filled afternoon that included lunch.
The Youth Christmas Party was on December 8, about 85 youth between the ages 12 and 15, and their families enjoyed a fun afternoon that also included lunch.
One 13-year-old boy first came to the Hope Mission Hub for an after-school meal in September. He expressed that he had no friends and that he was often bullied at school. He was told that things would be different for him at the Hub. Over time he learned how much God loved him. He began to make some friends at the youth programs and events at the Hub. At the Youth Christmas party, the boy was smiling the entire event, and he was talking with everybody, especially the other youth who were at the Hub for the first time. So many kids & youth learned that people care, and that God loves them just as they are.
The season’s events wrapped up with a Christmas Family Dinner on December 15. Around 450 kids, youth and their families attended. Every child or youth in attendance went home with a wrapped Christmas gift.
Hope Mission is a Christian not-for-profit social care agency caring for men, women, youth, and children experiencing poverty across Alberta. In Calgary, the hope is that the cycle of poverty for kids, youth and families will be broken through community meal programs, kids & youth programs, and Camp Hope. Hope Mission thanks all the donors and volunteers who help make this happen.
Learn more at www.hopemission.com.