This Christmas if things are tight or you know of someone going through a rough time, please give us call.
How can we help you in your time of need? With food & toys for the family Drumheller does not want to see a family go through rough times, residents continue to give generously so that their neighbors can get a break when they really need one. The Christmas hamper includes almost everything you need for a full Christmas meal (turkey or ham, your choice!) complete with all the sides. Along with that, your children will receive gifts that are matched to their interests as best as we can.
How can I apply? To receive a Christmas hamper you will need to:
See us in person by either making an appointment during food bank hours or dropping in our blitz registration day in December. See our monthly calendar for dates and times.
Bring with you one piece of Identification for you, your spouse/common law, and all other residents of the home (Birth certificates, Operators License, Alberta Health cards, etc...)
Proof of income (Paycheck, child tax, pension, etc...), and expenses (rent/mortgage, utilities, phone, car insurance, etc...)
Depending on your situation you may be missing some of the above information. Do not let that keep you from coming, we will listen to your story and determine what we can do for you when you visit us.
Sunshine Bags are small gifts bags that are given to the forgotten about in our community. They contain:
A December edition of The Salvation Army's magazine 'Faith & Friends' which is full of stories of hope and grace
Mini tissue pack
A few donated candies (hard candies, chocolates or mints)
Who receives the Sunshine bags? In 2011, we gave about 150 to elderly through the Sunshine Lodge, Hillview and the Hospital's Continuing Care units. We gave about 570 to prisoners through the Drumheller Institution. We also gave items to the residence in the D.A.R.T.S. program (mentally or physically challenged adults), as well as the Grace House (Recovery house for those struggling with heavy addictions).
Why we give Sunshine Bags to inmates: We have heard negative and positive feedback about our Sunshine Bags going to prisoners. Regardless, we feel there is lots of misinformation about these bags. Some rumors say all our Christmas fundraising goes to gifts for inmates. Other rumors says we give gift baskets to inmates. We have even heard a young child ask if all the food we collect is for the prisoners. We also hear that the reason we give these gifts is because we feel the inmates do not get enough. This is all untrue! Some how people have distorted the Sunshine Bags into something else. They are actually quite small in size and cost, and their purpose may make all the difference in the hearts of some of these men. To satisfy these concerns as best we can without sacrificing our mission we have found local sponsors to cover the cost of this ministry (less than 2% of our operating budget). Which means this program is completely paid for by those who specifically wish to support it from our community.
We feel that if that small cost can change one person's life then it is worth it! We hold a Christmas Chapel service after distributing the bags and the chapel is packed - standing room only! Many men hear a message of hope, forgiveness and the chance for a new start for the first time. We have had tough, grown men cry when we gave them a bag because this would be the only Christmas present they would get that year.
The Salvation Army across Canada and the world runs programing in various institutions to help inmates return to the community with the best chance of living right, safe, and proper. One key message we want to share with them is that there is hope for them as they prepare to return to community.A human being that does not feel valuable and important will have little motivation in life to change for the better. Join us by giving these men a glimmer of hope. Thank you for your support in The Salvation Army's mission to save souls, grow saints, and serve suffering humanity.
Sunshine Bags that are distributed to Seniors contain a few more items:
Small stuffed animal (especially beneficial for those suffering from dementia)
Small gifts such as lotions, candles, socks, toothpaste, etc.
More candies (larger or more items)
Why give gifts to Seniors? Many local seniors have become very lonely. At their age many loved ones and good friends have passed away, and relatives may live far away. Our seniors are a part of our community, and so we see it as our moral responsibility to care for them. This is one small way we can show them a bit of love. You have no idea how much these gifts are appreciated. Visit our Seniors Programming page for more information on what we do and how you can help. Thank you for your support in The Salvation Army's mission.