Holiday Events Recap
It was a very festive holiday season at the Fed last month! We were thrilled to support 14 community groups to host holiday events for youth in and from care across BC, and we celebrated from our office with our annual Holiday Open House.
On December 8, 66 young people, their friends, family and other community partners dropped by the office to eat tasty treats (including salmon and bannock), play games, do crafts, take an “elfie” at our photobooth and get a gift from Santa. Our gifts this year were stockings donated and packed by MCFD staff from across the Lower Mainland. Thank you to all who volunteered their time and donated items so that everyone received a gift!
It has been great to hear about the celebrations that were made possible through our Holiday Dinner Grants program. At least one of the celebrations is yet to happen, with the winter themed party scheduled for later this month, but we estimate that all together, at least 439 young people will have participated in a holiday event through last year’s grants.
Here is a small sample of some of the magic with a description of the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Youth Advisory Christmas event from coordinator, Ivy Richardson:
We started our evening together under a heated tent decorated with chandeliers, Christmas lights and decorations! We shared a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings! Santa came and we had a gift exchange. After dinner we went to the movies for the opening night of Jumanji. The picture following the movie sums up our evening and our group of youth very well. I am constantly amazed by the group of heroes that I get the honour of spending time with. Laughter is key for healing, loving and playing together!! What a great way to wrap up 2017!
Thanks again to everyone who made our winter events such a big success! Together, by making sure everyone has a little excuse to celebrate, we can help make the holidays more festive for young people who sometimes struggle this time of year.