The soup kitchen at St. John’s Anglican Church had some friendly elves dropping off some early Christmas presents last week.
Linda Weiman, deposit support at Synergy Credit Union, said that the staff donated their time and effort to raise the money and food for the soup kitchen this year.
“We already volunteer with the soup kitchen once a month for a couple of hours and serve the people who use the soup kitchen,” she said.
Weiman said that every year Synergy donates once a year to a organization and this year that organization was the soup kitchen.
“This year, we decided to give our support to the soup kitchen,” she said.
Donations came flowing within a month of asking through the Synergy Credit Union family, Weiman said.
“We had support in the form of food and clothing,” she said, adding the clothing items will be dropped off later this month.
Kay Hauer, soup kitchen co-ordinator, said that the donation from Synergy Credit Union means a lot, particularly around Christmas time.
“It’s tremendous that we received this amount of food around Christmas time,” said Hauer.
She added that it will go a long way to helping with the soup kitchen’s activity.
“We operate totally on donations, and this donation will last us months,” she said.
The soup kitchen currently operates out of the St. John’s Anglican Church on 49 Avenue, across for May Cinema 6 theatre.
Hauer said that she heard about the donation hours before it showed up.
“They had phoned me and asked us what we would like in the form of donations,” Hauer said. “I made some suggestions to them, and they came up with a great array of nonperishable foods.”
If you are feeling generous this holiday season, Hauer said that residents of the Border City can donate any non-perishable food items to the soup kitchen by simply calling them first.
“They can call the church, and although the soup kitchen operates out of the church, it’s not officially part of the church,” she said.
“We operate completely separate from the church, but they do accept donations on our behalf.”
On the wish list of things the soup kitchen is looking for this year are non-perishable food items and meat.
“The only thing that we are getting a little short of is meat. We do use wild meat a lot,” said Hauer.
Donations of meat can be donated through Diamond 7 Meats in Lloydminster.
Weiman said that the donation would not have been possible without the support of the staff at Synergy Credit Union.