It was another successful holiday season for the Lacombe and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). The organization had two initiatives to help those in need over the holiday season including Santa’s Anonymous and Fill-A-Fridge.
“They were amazing again. We were blown away and astounded by the Community response that Lacombe and area gives we were able to meet the need for both programs,” said Jan Pocock, Special Projects and Volunteer Coordinator for Lacombe FCSS.
Santa’s Anonymous was supported by the Lacombe Kinsmen Club who helped to collect donations in the days leading up to Christmas. Pocock says the program was ultimately a success.
“For Santa’s Anonymous, we had 245 children so a total of 104 families benefited from the Santa’s Anonymous Program. That's 104 families on Christmas morning that got the joy of opening a Christmas present. It's so amazing,” explained Pocock.
This year, Santa’s Anonymous was able to meet all of the need within the community
Pocock says the Fill-A-Fridge program saw a bit of an uptake.
“This year, 592 individuals in our area benefited from the filler fridge program. That’s 592 people who got to go to a local grocery store and purchase the food they wanted to feed their family and that they wanted to eat this Christmas season because of the amazing community,” said Pocock.
Overall, she said the Lacombe FCSS is very proud to have helped out the community but says they couldn’t have done it without the support of the community.