A time to give in our community


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This article was published 01/12/2020 (910 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

As a very challenging year winds down to a close, the Christmas season is upon us. With the struggles we are currently facing as a society, most of us can turn to our families for love, comfort and solace.

There are many in our communities, however, who do not have that stability, and not only face loneliness and lack of support but also abject poverty. Thankfully, there are a number of compassionate goodwill organizations in our city, which exist solely to help those most desperately in need.

Siloam Mission is one of these, and its mission, as a Christian humanitarian organization, is to assist those affected by poverty and homelessness and help them through their most difficult times  by giving them opportunities that they could never have found on their own.  Those with nowhere else to turn find themselves in a place that gives them hope, starting with a warm meal, clothing and shelter if desired.

Supplied photo Lagimodiere MLA Andrew Smith is encouraging everyone to donate non-perishable food items to those in need this holiday season.

Siloam Mission and similar organizations rely on donations in order to exist. Monetary donations are crucial, helping them in maintain their daily operations and affording them the ability to expand their services to more people in need.

Donations of clothing are also essential, as this provides their guests with essential vestments to keep them clothed and warm, especially in the coldest of the winter months. The most important donation, however, is that of food; this is the lifeblood that feeds those in need of daily nourishment.

I have volunteered for Siloam in the past, delivering donations of food, and I have also volunteered at other organizations, such as Agape Table, where I assisted in serving food to their guests.

This year, more than ever, I urge you to do your part to help out those in need.

In order to assist with this in our community, I have partnered with Siloam Mission and have set up a food donation bin at an accessible location in Island Lakes. We will be accepting new canned, boxed, and packaged non-perishable items, as well as winter clothing items such as coats, sweaters, and blankets.

For the location of the 24-hour drop box, please contact our constituency office by email at andrew@andrewsmithmla.ca or by phone at 204-416-7337.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please contact Siloam Mission directly by email at  info@siloam.ca, by visiting their website at www.siloam.ca  or by calling 204-956-4344 or 1-866-648-4673.

Thank you in advance for your participation in assisting with this cause; it is one that will help many this holiday season, and beyond. I wish you all a safe and joyous Christmas, and a happy new year.    

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith
Lagimodière constituency report

Andrew Smith is the PC MLA for Lagimodière.

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