Hampers of hope delivered for Christmas

Hampers of hope delivered for Christmas

Teacher Alysia Gustafsson and student Ali Tkacz prepare gifts.

Teachers and students who spent weeks collecting goods to provide to residents in the nearby Emmaus Community wrapped and delivered 65 hampers just before Christmas.

The Emmaus Community, near St Norbert College in Queens Park, provides long-term independent community living for adults living with mental illness.

Students returned to school during the December holidays to make and deliver boxes of goods for 58 adults and seven children who reside in the community.

At lunchtime on December 15, staff and students also cooked a three-course feast for all the residents.

Student Ministry Co-ordinator Ms Margaret Kyd said: “We have been doing this for five years and it is greatly appreciated by the community and their families. “Our staff buy presents for everyone and we give personal gifts such as towels, pamper packs, chocolates, candles and movie tickets.

“In terms of time spent, it’s too many hours to count – most lunchtimes this term, covering boxes and sorting donations. It’s a great tradition – and one all the local residents and College community enjoy.’’

Hampers of hope delivered for Christmas

St Norbert College students deliver the first of 65 boxes of goods to the Emmaus community in Queens Park.