It can be easy to get caught up in the whirl wind of the Christmas season. With all the gifts that need to be bought, parties planned, dinners cooked and presents wrapped it can be hard to think of anything else than your own list of what needs to get done.
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement which takes place each year on the Tuesday after Black Friday. This day is described as the beginning of the giving season and it is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes. In our case, Giving Tuesday is about supporting The Mustard Seed and in turn, rallying for those in our community experiencing homelessness and poverty.
This holiday season, we asked our community to look past their own shopping lists and give back on Giving Tuesday – and you amazed us with your generosity. Our communities came together this Giving Tuesday and raised enough for us to provide 135,687 meals for our clients.
This year we also had the help of some of our amazing sponsors. In Calgary, Acera Insurance was a matching sponsor for donations for the 3rd year in a row and Kipp Scott GMC Buick in Red Deer. We are so grateful for their dedication to giving back in their communities.
“A big part of our company is being committed back to the communities that we do business in and that we work with,” said Tony Fairfield, president of Acera Insurance. “I've just been so impressed with the work that The Mustard Seed does. And we're happy to continue our sponsorship and look forward to building on it into the future.”
“You know, we're in a great city, great province, and we have so much going for us that we just have to give back. It's just in our DNA.”
Thank you so much to our sponsors and everyone that donated on Giving Tuesday, it is because of all of you that we are able to continue supporting those experiencing homelessness and poverty in our communities.