Help for the Christmas Blues

November 28, 2018

There is an old song by Richard Gillard that says, "Brother let me be your servant. Let me be as Christ to you. Pray that I might have the grace To let you be my servant, too." This Christmas season may we have the grace to reach out to give, and to receive, the spirit of Christmas in our community.

In an effort to assist those in need this Christmas season, here are some resources put together by our Family School Enhancement Counsellors which may be helpful to you or someone you know. If you have details on initiatives that should be included on this list, please forward them to

Winter Clothing

Winter Wear Program
(Blackfalds FCSS, 5016 Waghorn St) To apply, fill this application form.
Winter Coats and Boots program with local sponsorships. FCSS is able to ensure children 0 to 18 are provided with the necessary winter wear to ensure every child in our community with low-income hurdles remove barriers that keep them from staying warm in the winter.

Central Alberta Diaper Bank
For families that need diapers, baby formula, etc. Post your needs on their Facebook page or email

Community Lending Shelf (Olds United Church, 5313 52 St.) Send a request via Facebook with size/gender of the items of which you need. All clothing is free. For donations, there is a 24-hour drop off bin located behind the United Church).

Red Deer
Coats for Kids (Victory Church of Red Deer, 98 Oberlin Avenue) All clothes are free. Hours of Operation (for drop off or shopping): Wednesday 1:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Friday 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Rocky Mountain House
Mountain Rose Women’s Shelter  Donations of hats, scarves, mittens, boots and coats are accepted Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sylvan Lake
Coats for Kids: and their Families too (Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners Association Office, 4936 50 Avenue) Keeping families warm from head to toe: coats, scarves, mittens, toques, and boots. Hours of Operation October-March (for drop-off or shopping): Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm. Call 403-887-9989 for more information.

Food Hampers


  • Blackfalds Food Bank Society (5007 Broadway Ave, Blackfalds)
    Hamper requests can be made by phone 403.885.4008. Open Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


  • Innisfail and Area Food Bank (4303 50 Street, Innisfail: Back of Co-op mall)
    Hamper requests can be made by phone 403-227-0600. Open Tuesday 1:00-3:00 p.m.


  • Mountain View Food Bank Society (5025 50 St Olds, AB)
    Hamper requests can be made by phone 403-556-1693. Hours of Operation: Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Red Deer

  • Red Deer Food Bank (#12, 7429-49 Ave)
    Hamper requests can be made by phone 403-346-1505
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society (Red Deer)
    Please call 403-597-3030 for emergency food hampers.

Rocky Mountain House

  • The Lord’s Food Bank (4923 - 52nd Street Rocky Mountain House)
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Phone: 403-845-7546

Sylvan Lake

Christmas Gifts


  • Blackfalds Christmas Bureau (Blackfalds FCSS, 5016 Waghorn St, Blackfalds)
    Applicants must fill out the application form. Application deadline is December 4, 2018. Donations can be dropped off at FCSS office 403-600-9066.
  • Bottles for a Better Chrismas
    Donate your bottles and empty cans between November 1 to December 31 at any one of the big blue metal bins around the city of Red Deer/town of Blackfalds as well as their 3 depots to support the Red Deer and Blackfalds Christmas Bureaus.


  • Innisfail Christmas Bureau (4944-49 Street, across from the Fire Hall)
    Registration Mondays 7:00-8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 p.m. from November 14- December 10, 2018.  Donations accepted at the Town Office, Healthy Family Chiropractic, Home Hardware, Innisfail Parent Link Centre and Dairy Queen. For registration questions call 403-227-3111 for general questions, please phone 403-872-8944.

Red Deer, Springbrook and Penhold

  • Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Senior These programs run through the Salvation Army and allow people to sponsor a family in need so they too can have a Merry Christmas. If your family, office, or organization is interested in sponsoring. please see the Giving Tree at St. Elizabeth Seton School or call 403-346-2251 or email People are also welcome to drop off a toy at the Toy Depot or at various toy boxes throughout the city. Cash cans are also at many locations in Red Deer. Donate online at
  • Red Deer Giving Tree (Catholic Social Services) To sponsor a child, choose a tag at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School, Holy Family School, or École Camille J. Lerouge School.
  • Red Deer Gifts for Grandparents (Family Services of Central Alberta) Donations can be dropped off starting November 13- December 11 at the FSCA, Kinsmen Playspace Parkland Mall, Timberlands Pet Valu, Marlin Travel, Capri Salon, École Camille J. Lerouge School and all four Shoppers Drug Mart locations. Questions? Call Lizzie at 403-309-8215.
  • Bottles for a Better Chrismas
    Donate your bottles and empty cans between November 1 to December 31 at any one of the big blue metal bins around the city of Red Deer/town of Blackfalds as well as their 3 depots to support the Red Deer and Blackfalds Christmas Bureaus.


  • Olds and District Christmas Angel Society
    To sponsor a child, check out the Giving Trees at local businesses. Donate gifts at any of the Barrel Business locations, or stuff the bus on December 16, 2018. To refer someone to the program call the Angel hotline at 403-415-9627.  

Rocky Mountain House

  • Rocky Mountain House & Clearwater County Santas Anonymous
    Gift donations are accepted at stores across towns including Sobeys and Extra Foods. Cash donations are accepted at the Town Office or the Christenson Sports and Wellness Centre. Cheques need to be made payable to the Town of Rocky Mountain House. Applications are available and can be dropped off at the Town of Rocky Mountain House Administration Offices, Christenson SPorts & Wellness Centre or The Lord’s Food Bank. Applications are accepted between November 15 and December 14, 2018.

Sylvan Lake

  • Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau Registration day for families in need is November 18, 2018. Starting October 24, 2018 registration forms may be picked up at the Sylvan Lake Community Partners (4936 50 Ave) or at the Community Centre (4725 43 Street). Angel Anonymous Tree is set up at Sylvan Lake Dairy Queen for sponsors. The Christmas Bureau office number is 403-348-9993
  • Sylvan Lake Giving Tree (Friends of Bethany) Provides gifts for residents in Bethany Sylvan lake, long-term care facility centre. To sponsor a resident, choose a gift tag off the tree at Shoppers Drug Mart (8 5043 50A Street). The tree goes up on November 21, 2018.
  • Sylvan Lake Community Partners (4936-50th Avenue) Christmas Garage Sale from October 29 until November 14, 2018. Stop in during business hours Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm to shop or donate.

Christmas Dinners


  • The community is invited to the Bowden Christmas dinner on Tuesday, December 25. It starts at 112:30 p.m. at the Bowden Friendship Centre. Everyone is welcome to come.


  • Christmas Dinner will be served at noon at the Caroline Complex. Come join us for food, music and fellowship. For more information call Merna Cermak 403-844-5902.  


  • The Didsbury Community Christmas Dinner is being held at the Didsbury Elks Hall on Christmas day, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please come and enjoy a festive dinner among your friends and neighbours.


  • John Manville community Christmas  Turkey Dinner will be held at the Innisfail Legion (5108 49 Ave) on December 19, 2018, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. The event is open to anyone in the community. Admission is $10/person, $20/family or by Food Bank Donation. All processed will be donated to the Innisfail Christmas Bureau.
  • CenterPoint Church is hosting a Christmas Day Dinner for individuals who are alone/lonely or find Christmas difficult to navigate. Registration is required by December 16.


  • The Olds Lions Club and Royal Canadian Legion invite you to the Henry Sonnenberg Christmas dinner in Olds, on Christmas day from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. Don’t be alone this Christmas, come enjoy a traditional meal among friends. If you would like to volunteer, call Linda at 403-556-3896. If you need a ride for this day only, please call Alan at 403-507-5204.

Red Deer

  • Annual Christmas Day dinner runs December 25 from noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Red Deer Church (4837 – 54th St). If you wish to volunteer for this event, please call 403-346-2251.
  • Red Deer Native Friendship Society and partners are hosting a community Christmas Dinner December 17, 2018, from 4:30-8:30 pm at Festival Hall. To volunteer or donate food items for the dinner contact Talitha Klym @ 403-340-0020 or or online at
  • Red Deer Mustard Seed Christmas Dinner TBA
  • Red Deer Hope Mission puts on a Christmas Family Dinner for their Kids in Action and Youth in Action programs. To volunteer contact Hope Mission at 587-819-0015 or

Rocky Mountain House

  • The Rocky Native Friendship Centre Society invites the community to a Christmas Dinner 4:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Rocky Native Friendship Centre 4917 - 52 St. Rocky Mountain House.

Sylvan Lake

  • Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners Christmas Dinner will be held December 24, 2018 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre. The event is free and will be attended by Santa. Volunteers are needed from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. To volunteer for a shift call 403-887-9989.


  • The annual Sundre Community Christmas dinner is December 25 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Sundre Legion Hall. Enjoy a wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings. if you need a ride to the dinner - or to have a meal delivered - please contact Lourelle Vooys at 403-638-3378.


24-hour Mental Health Help Line (Alberta Health Services) Calls are confidential and anonymous and offer information about mental health programs and services. Call 1-877-303-2642 to reach someone at any time.

Kids Help Phone  Connect via live chat, text (text CONNECT to 686868) or phone 1-800-668-6868. Text and phone services are available 24/7/365.

Vantage Community Services (4920-54 Street, Red Deer) Offers regular free walk-in counselling services four days a week as well as holiday hours.

Outreach Services

Suicide Information & Education Services (4101 54 Ave, Red Deer) Offers education, support and referral services. To register for services call 403-342-4966.


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