On December 22, Elite Performance Academy athletes and family joined up with volunteers from the Christmas Exchange to pack up Christmas Hampers for families in need. The hampers include all the basic holiday dinner fixings like turkey, chicken, stuffing, carrots and potatoes, as well as some sweets for dessert. The Christmas Exchange also gives Giant Tiger certificates for families who can’t afford gifts. It was a great morning…the athletes worked hard, and a lot of people will have the same wonderful dinner that many of us take for granted.
But more help is needed. This year, Christmas Exchange received over 10,000 requests for help. Due to shortages in funding, nearly 650 families in Ottawa still may not have Christmas dinner. If you can help in any way this holiday season, it is not too late. Please go to www.christmas-exchange.com and make a contribution.