Kalista: My sister Felicia started as a Junior ambassador and I saw how she was getting involved to help others and I wanted to help out too. Our family took a tour of Community Care last year with Laura Byers of Community Care and I saw that there was so much food that people needed, as well as clothes and even toys for kids who may not get anything at Christmas. At the Grape and Wine festival I saw the big city bus get filled with food. Then at Christmas we went down to the St. Catharines city hall to help fill the big bus with food from the community and businesses like my dad’s. At school we collected food for Community care and the goal this year was for us to donate 10 pounds of food for each student, so there are a lot of ways we can help!
Felicia: For my 9th Birthday I wanted to do something different to help others. Instead of presents, I asked my friends to bring food to donate to Community Care and only a birthday card or a small gift for me. Everyone was very generous, some bringing 2-3 bags of food to donate. Together we were able to fill an entire bin and it was overflowing! I was happy to receive a letter from Community Care thanking me for my donation and I was invited by Laura Byers to take a tour of Community Care. During the tour, Laura explained all the things they do for our community. I did not know all the things that they do, I only thought they collected food for the needy. They collect clothing for adults and children, help kids to attend after school sports and activities, accept donations of new toys to give at Christmas to those families that may not be able to afford to buy presents for their children and so much more. I also met a lot of volunteers that day, all helping their community in different ways. Some sorted the clothes that were donated, some stocked the shelves with food items and some accepted the donations at the drop off door. Last year my dad’s office helped to support a family in need during Christmas through Community Care as well! I know that with my help I can make my community even better and let others know it is better to give than to get. I want to continue to help Community Care by becoming a junior ambassador to get more families helping others in our community.