“During our summer delivering I Can for Kids food packs to low income housing communities, there was one community that stole our hearts. When we drove onto their street with the Wood’s Homes Community Outreach van and passed the park where the children played, they would rush to the van excited to see us. The kids would run around grabbing abandoned shopping carts to help carry food packs for their households. We were shocked to learn there were as many as seven people per household living in condo units. Watching them have a sense of pride bringing home food for their families put smiles on our faces.
The I Can for Kids project brought the community together. People helped each other load, carry, and distribute the food packs. Smiles flooded throughout the park, and there were moments of pure solidarity. The families were so grateful, and the need for food resources was so strong. It was a great pleasure to support the kids, and amazing learning experience for Exit Outreach. It was heart wrenching to see families so deeply in need, but at the same time it was empowering.
The I Can for Kids project was a great success in this community and it was truly heart-warming knowing that we could help these families whom truly appreciated it as much as we did this past summer. I Can for Kids reminded us all that community is so important. With each food pack given to a joyful face we each realized “I CAN” make a difference.”
Aimee Shanahan, Patrick Stuhlsatz & Jordyn Mawson
Exit Outreach team at Wood’s Homes
Wood’s Homes is a multi-service, non-profit children’s mental health centre based in Calgary. Helping families for over 100 years, more than 550 staff and volunteers provide 35 programs and services for 20,000 children and their families each year.