We’re halfway there!
We’ve just completed the first five weeks of our summer food program and we couldn’t be more proud of how we’re having an impact in the community.
As we aim to reach our goal of providing 64,000 meals to hungry kids across the city by the end of August, the best part of our summer experience is hearing the stories of those who benefit from our program. We recently received this note from our friends at the Centre for Newcomers:
We have a single father of three teenage boys. They came to Canada from Mexico in 2008 under a working visa. The family immigrated to Montreal, however sadly, the boys lost their mother to cancer in December of 2012, shortly after they moved to Calgary. They have no other family members in Canada. The father has health issues where he receives blood transfusions on a regular basis. Due to his immigration status, they have no health insurance thus every medical procedure is paid for out of pocket.
The Real Me Youth Program at the Centre for Newcomers has been providing support to this family for over a year. By supporting his sons, this man hopes his children have an opportunity for a better life in Canada. The boys are sweet, shy, and miss their mother. This is a proud man, grieving but doing his best to support his children and does not accept help easily. We want to thank I Can for Kids for supporting this family; allowing this man and his boys to retain their pride and dignity; and for recognizing the needs of newcomers by welcoming them with your compassion.
A sincere thank you to all those who have supported our work this year. Whether you gave of your time, talent or treasure, we’re grateful for your contribution to giving hungry kids in our community the healthy, happy summer they deserve.