RRU community brightens holidays for families


As 2017 winds down and we each get ready for appreciation days and the holidays with dear family and friends, we want to send out a wholehearted thank you to our caring Royal Roads community. We are more than proud to work with and know so many giving souls.

We had six families for our Adopt-a-Family project this year and thanks to your generosity, we will be dropping off hampers and gifts to each one.

A local police detachment, who we've worked with on the hamper initiative for a couple of years, took one family on. All three kids on their list will be getting new bikes and oodles of other items to brighten their Christmas. One Royal Roads unit volunteered to meet the needs of a single mom with three children. Mom and kids will be spending some time opening gifts the morning of the 25th. Another Royal Roads unit took excellent care of a small family and the other three families were fully and completely supported by our staff and local community members. You know who you are and we thank you on behalf of the families. A couple of things, among many, that stood out and made this year one of the most successful we've seen include: 

  • A staff member taught the young players on his hockey team all about giving back and showed up with gift certificates and food for five family holiday dinners. Outstanding! 
  • A Royal Roads grad donated $320 to provide meal delivery and food for our elderly couple battling serious illnesses. Wow!
  • A staff member spent the year sourcing gifts, treats and everyday necessities whenever she found a sale and stored them for our hamper campaign. If that wasn't enough, she donated two hand-made quilts, made with love by her grandmother and mom, created specifically to donate to a family in need. Phenomenal!
  • Flex Foods, created by a compassionate 22-year old, is the company preparing and delivering the meals for our elderly couple. He has met with them and was moved by their story and their gratitude. He then told a friend about our hamper project and that friend came by with $300 for our campaign. Fantastic!

The stories above are just a few examples of those who have gone above and beyond to make this year a success. The ages of supporters ran from children (a couple of parents involved their kids to demonstrate community caring and support), teenagers, and adults from young to experienced (sounds better than old!). RRU staff, students, and alumni, Recreation Centre patrons, and caring community members - you've made our hearts grow three sizes this year. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Patti, Shelley, and a small but fierce band of elves