We were aBlE to meet our goal!
Thank you to everyone who was able to contribute.
Your generosity is APPRECIATED.
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Every year at Commons we commit ourselves to taking the generosity that is inspired by the Christmas story and pointing it at this those less fortunate than ourselves. This year our goal is raise $40,000 to help our local and global partners, who work year round to bring healing and hope to the world.
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Locally, we are investing in Aurora on the Park, Highbanks Society, Louise Dean School, Made by Momma and the Fresh Food Basket at Hillhurst Community Association. All of these organizations do incredible work right here in our neighbourhood particularly in an economic season where many of our neighbours are silently struggling.
Through your generosity we have enabled a First Nations Elder to regularly meet with and support the tenants of Aurora on the Park. We are helping to provide stable housing to young moms through Highbanks Society. We make pharmacy gift cards available for health emergencies for parents finishing school at Louise Dean. We assist Made my Momma in providing wholesome nourishment to mothers and young children facing adversity. And we provide the Fresh Food Baskets through the Christmas and New Year's period where the program is stretched to capacity.
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Globally, we are also responding to the current crisis in Myanmar where the Rohingya population is being systematically driven from their homes. The Canadian government has offered to match the donations we direct toward this crisis and so we are sending $10,000 to CARE Canada ahead of the deadline.
As well, we continue to work with Hands at Work to support the ongoing community development on Kalende, Zambia and Internal Justice Mission through whom we support a field office in Thailand that works to provide citizenship papers to hill tribes peoples helping ensure they are protected from the sex trade industry.
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In each of these ways, across the world and here with those we sit across from at coffee shops, when we extend our grace beyond our immediate circle and toward those in need, we reflect the story of Jesus and the generosity he invites us to receive.
May you have a blessed Advent as you wait for the Christ child to appear.