During the holiday season, there are many in need and there are seemingly never enough resources to fulfill the demand. FYidoctors clinics across the nation are making an impact by taking time to better the lives of others through various campaigns within their communities.
Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast mans the kettle for Salvation Army
For the third year in a row, staff at the Sechelt location volunteered for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. On December 8, each staff member took an hour out of their day to man the kettle and drum up donations from passersby. The local Salvation Army campaign goal is to raise $60,000 to feed families in need within the community. To reach this goal, the charity looks to the community to fill between 500 and 600 one-hour shifts. The Sechelt location staff is happy to do their part to contribute.
Calgary’s McKenzie Towne helps the community keep warm
Staff at this southeastern Calgary location are supporting Project Warmth Society of Alberta by collecting new and used warm clothing for Calgary's homeless and underprivileged. Blankets, gloves, sleeping bags, scarves, parkas, and other warm clothing items are gathered and cleaned for distribution to those in need.
Saskatoon’s Atrium on 1st fills shoeboxes for kids
The Atrium on 1st location gets involved every Christmas by contributing to Operation Christmas Child through the non-profit organization Samaritan's Purse. Staff gather school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and games to fill shoeboxes that are sent overseas to children aged 2 to 14 living in poverty. This year, FYidoctors put together 22 shoeboxes. Since 1990, Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed over 135 million shoebox gifts worldwide, with Canadians donating more than 730,000 shoeboxes in 2015 alone.
Moncton gets in the spirit of giving for local shelter
FYidoctors in Moncton know that the holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and relax, but also that it can be difficult for some. Staff at this location decided to help an emergency shelter not far from the clinic called the House of Nazareth. Staff purchased a stack of Tim Hortons gift cards and other various gifts for those who will be spending their Christmas at this shelter. Throughout December, the team of elves at the clinic will be wrapping the presents in hopes of making Christmas a little brighter for those in need.
This is just a small sampling of the amazing ways our clinics across Canada are giving back to the communities they call home. We would love to hear about how you’re giving back this holiday season!