Every year, thousands of Winnipeggers help ensure those in need have a happy holiday season through the Christmas Cheer Board.
A thousand school children pack food and supply hampers – and over 300 warehouse volunteers and 2,500 drivers ensure hampers are delivered.
The hampers go throughout the city to pensioners, people with low incomes, those on Employment Income Assistance, students, newcomers and people who are unemployed.
And along with many local organizations, Manitoba Blue Cross runs an annual donation campaign to help spread holiday cheer.
This year, Manitoba Blue Cross donated 525 pounds of food and toys – a total of 16 boxes.
"At Manitoba Blue Cross, teaming up to support the health of Manitobans is not only what we do – it's who we are" said Brenda Slikker, Interim President & CEO.
Employees also participate in community support initiatives throughout the year. These include our annual, week-long United Way campaign, Grow-A-Row for Winnipeg Harvest, Children's Hospital Foundation fundraising events and Stronger Together, a fundraiser in support of CancerCare Manitoba.
Employees throughout the organization are encouraged to be community stewards, and donations are often matched to make them even more impactful.
To learn how you can spread some holiday cheer, visit the Christmas Cheer Board.
Happy holidays from everyone at Manitoba Blue Cross!