“Ain’t nothin’ gonna break our stride, no COVID gonna slow us down, oh no…We got to keep on movin’!”
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented efforts. We all make sacrifices for the ones we love, and this past year has shown us all just how much we truly care about our community and the health and wellbeing of our family, friends, neighbours, coworkers, and even strangers. It hasn’t been easy – the high road hardly ever is – and Alberta has shown that we are strongest when we take care of each other, live in service to one another, and make sacrifices for the wellbeing of our community as a whole.
We’d like to share an update about what we’ve been getting up to lately to hopefully warm some hearts this holiday season and maybe even inspire some action that could make someone’s Christmas a little bit more jolly this year. Amid all of the COVID-19 pandemic work, our team made a conscious effort to continue our Building a Better Community efforts this year. We took all necessary precautions and put our heads together (virtually, of course) to come up with ways we could help out those in need this year. Here’s where we landed:
Essential Food and Clothing Drive for the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
- We partnered with our friends over at the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter to coordinate a food and clothing drive for their benefactors. We had a TON of positive interaction from our valued business partners, and we pushed hard right until our deadline date to corral as much Essential Food and Clothing as we could. Our masked and sanitized volunteers hand-delivered the goodies in time for them to be used for the Holiday Season.
Horizon Housing’s Gift of Warmth
- We were super excited when our friends over at Horizon Housing invited us to take part in their annual Gift of Warmth initiative again this year. We had a blast partaking in the event last Christmas and loved that Horizon focused on keeping their gifts local by choosing vendors who are Calgary-based and may have been hit hard by the pandemic restrictions this year. Although we didn’t get to hand-deliver the gifts due to the new restrictions, it was still a success for our team knowing that we played a role in Horizon’s residents receiving Christmas gifts this year.
Christmas Cards for Seniors
- It was a no-brainer for our team when the idea was raised to do something special for the Seniors in our community this year. With the COVID restrictions leaving many Senior Citizens living in long-term or assisted care facilities, we decided to partner with the Brenda Strafford Foundation and write personalized Christmas cards to 145 residents of Bow View Manor. We collaborated with the nursing staff to get the names and a few details for each individual and our team went to work on crafting up some holiday cards for these valued community members. It was a family affair as we had not only employees but family, friends, roommates, and children/grandchildren helping out to write and decorate the cards, making them extra special for each name on our list.
Make a Wish Foundation’s Calendar of Wishes
- The Make a Wish Foundation has a longstanding history of doing incredible work in our community, and our team was honoured to partner with them this year to help support the design and construction of their Calendar of Wishes exhibit for the Calgary area. As one of their Community Donors, we had the pleasure of watching their virtual door-opening event that introduced us to 4-year old Adam, a little trooper with a smile that will brighten anyone’s day. The cards Adam was dealt included polymicrogyria and cerebral palsy, and the Make a Wish Foundation supports him and his family (along with many others), including granting him his wish which was to partake in a drive-by parade. Not only did he get his wish, but his trailer was the grand finale! Read more about Adam’s story here.
It was another busy year, one that kept us on our toes and demanded that we stay flexible and agile to adapt to the changing circumstances of this pandemic. But, as we’ve said before (and will say again, and again, and again…) when you have good people with good hearts, you’re bound to do good things. As grateful as Westcor is to be the recipient of the 2019 CCA Community Leader Award, and to be able to do this work for our community, it simply cannot be understated that it’s the work of each individual that has a role in these initiatives that makes them so successful. So to each one of you that has stepped forward to make these initiatives possible – THANK YOU.
Thank you for your continued support in Building a Better Community for our city and those in need, especially during these unprecedented times.