Need some help this Christmas?

As we start the countdown to Christmas and as we wait in expectation through advent, we know this season of anticipation can be a struggle for some folks in our community. They say Christmas is a time for family, friends and food- except for when it isn’t. When you’re far from family. When the cupboards are bare. When you’re alone. When your heart is full of giving but your pockets are empty. 

If you, or someone you know, is looking for support in the areas of counselling, warm winter wear, food security, or putting gifts under the tree, please contact one of the following: your Family School Enhancement Counsellor, or the Community Resource Navigation Team (FSCA). For 24/7 support, speak with a community resource specialist by calling 211, texting "INFO" to 211 or by chatting online at https://ab.211.ca/.

Counselling

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.

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: If you're experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, call 1-855-242-3310. It's toll-free and opens 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Kids Help Phone: Connect via text (text CONNECT to 686868), Facebook Messenger or phone services at 1-800-668-6868. Services are available 24/7/365.

Text and online chat options are available for all Alberta youth through Calgary ConnecTeen, Monday-Friday 3:00 -10:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Visit calgaryconnecteen.com or text 587-333-2724.  

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.

Text4Hope: Supporting Mental Health & Wellness in a Time of Stress & Isolation. Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.  

togetherall: An online peer-to-peer support community for your mental health.

Blackfalds

Blackfalds Food Bank Society (5007 Broadway Avenue) Hamper requests can be made by phone at 403-885-4008. Open Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Innisfail

Christmas Bureau (4303-50 Street Co-op mall): Taking applications until December 16. 2020. 

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

Olds

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

Red Deer

Red Deer, Springbrook and Penhold Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Senior: Deadline December 16, 2020.  

Red Deer Christmas Bureau’s deadline for application is December 17, 2020.

The Outreach Centre’s Adopt-A-Family- taking applications until December 11, 2020.

Salvation Army- taking applications until December 11, 2020.

Gifts for Grandparents  contact Liz at 403-309-8215 for any seniors needing support

Red Deer Food Bank (#12, 7429-49 Avenue): Hamper requests can be made by phone 403-346-1505

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Please call 403-597-3030 for emergency food hampers.

Rocky Mountain House

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