Westmount, we don’t even know where to begin. What an amazing community you are. We want to take this time to express to all of you, that through your donations this year, you have truly made a difference in the lives of many people.
We knew it would be an undertaking to help 3 families with 18 people. Our goal was to provide each person with just one gift and we hoped to donate at least a portion of the $1,800 worth of gift cards. We had faith that our Westmount community would pull together to do what we could.
To say that Westmount went above and beyond is an UNDERSTATEMENT.
Every person within the 3 families got every single thing they asked for, and every person got a $100 grocery card. Even the animals on the list were taken care of!
By Friday, November 30th, when we realized that we had far surpassed the number of items on the wish lists, we called the organization we have been working with volunteered to take on another family; a single mom with three girls, 5, 8 and 11. Their wish list was heartbreaking, containing mostly the necessities. Wendy Cole and Brandie Sedore went shopping and purchased these items and then got them books, toys, pajamas, and a few ‘girly’ items like lip gloss and hair accessories.
In the end, we were also able to donate to the organization, some extra grocery cards and gifts that had been duplicates, knowing that there were other families who could use them.
We have learned that for the first time ever, so many others showed up with extras, that the organization took on 6 more families and filled their lists as well! We want to share the ‘thank you’ we received from the organization for being one of largest donors this year and for helping so many families in need.
Thank you for being so generous, kind, and compassionate. Thank you for making what we thought was an undertaking, look like it was easy. Thank you to all the staff who helped shop, wrap, and organize the gifts. Most of all thank you for making a difference in the lives of those in need. You’ve made our hearts swell with joy, love, and pride.
Sending you all warm wishes for the holidays, and may all of the joy you’ve spread come back to you tenfold.
All of us at Westmount