A group of friends, eager to show their children how to make a difference, is hoping the spirit of giving catches on with even more people.
Several local residents, and their kids, will be serving up some post-Christmas cheer at the Upper Room Mission Dec. 28. But they need the community’s help with donations to pull it off.
“I started this process because of my oldest daughter (Kayla), she inspires me, she gives so much of her time and effort for others at her age, it made me question why I don’t do the same,” said Kari Sargeant, who spearheaded the plans.
With the help of other loved ones and friends, Sargeant decided to do a dinner, made from scratch and with slove, at the mission and hand out goody bags to those in need.
“Our team consists of eight of us adults and our kids, a very eclectic mix of people but all with the same agenda, to make a difference, to put our own selves aside this month and do what we can to raise money for the Upper Room Mission.”
Sargeant’s daughter donated the first $50 out of her pocket to get them started, and since then the team has been hitting the pavement, and the world of social media, contacting businesses and reaching out to anyone who might be able to pitch in with donations.
“She (Kayla) reminds me everyday why I am doing this, especially when I get discouraged that we might not be able to pull this off.”
So far eight turkeys have been donated and supplies for the gift bags are finding their way into Sargeant’s garage on a daily basis by complete strangers.
“It has opened my eyes to how thoughtful and giving this town really is,” she said.
Other donations needed are: more turkeys, potatoes, salad supplies, salad dressings, buns, pies, gravy, stuffing or gift cards/cash to complete the dinner shopping list.
Also for the gift bags being handed out, the following are needed: shampoos, conditioner, soap, razors, nail clippers, gloves, socks, toothbrushes, tooth paste and such.
The team is also handing out gifts to the children, infant to age 15.
“We are aiming to feed 90 plus with leftovers and donations to feed them for at least a couple more days,” said Sargeant.
The Mission was chosen as a recipient after Sargeant put a call into the facility to see how the team might be able to make a difference in the community. And once she went there to see just how their plan might unfold she knew it was the perfect fit.
“The people were so welcoming and I just felt warm inside, I knew this was where I wanted to make a small difference if I could and I wanted my kids to see and feel what I just did.”
Now, the event has Sargeant, her children and her team of helpers all looking forward to the 28th even moreso than the 25th.
Anyone wanting to help with donations can call 250-306-0970. Donations can also be brought to 104 – 4900 Heritage Drive (The Rock).