‘Tis the Season of NCR Giving!

For the past few years, Systemscope has donated Christmas hampers to families in need, this year supporting the Christmas Hamper Project. For more than 30 years, the Christmas Hamper Project has supplied thousands of Ottawa families and individuals with boxes of food, toiletries and small gifts to help make their Christmas season a little brighter.

This year, the Systemscope crew adopted three hampers. With everything from cereal to toothbrushes, Systemscoper’s generously provided all of the essentials for a well-stocked holiday season for our three families. Once the loot had been gathered, bundled, and wrapped, Sarah and I had the honour of dropping off all 18 boxes to the Centretown United Church (the Christmas Hamper Project hosts).

The following morning, Sarah and I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed all ready to head back to the Church to deliver hampers. This is when the fun really began (and the workout!). Passing by friendly faces ready to lend a hand, we filled the car to the brim with boxes of donations. We came back to the Church for several more loads, high on the feeling of giving. By the afternoon we had delivered more hampers than we could count and definitely gained more than we gave.

What we really took away from this great experience was the notion that it is so easy to take what we have for granted in this beautiful city, and that it’s easier still to imagine poverty in some far-off land rather than our own backyard. But the unfortunate reality is that there are people in our city who need help every now and again, and let me tell you (in case you didn’t already know), being the one to provide that assistance to a fellow NCR resident is the best gift you will give yourself all year.

And so, from us to you, happy holidays and happy giving in this new year to come!

Virginia Start (L) and Sarah Folkes (R) delivering hampers across the NCR.

To learn how to get involved next year, visit the Christmas Hamper Project website.      


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