The Mustard Seed will be collecting donations for 12 straight days leading up to Christmas.
The nonprofit organization will begin its 12 Days of Giving campaign on Monday, Dec. 12. A different item will be collected each day until Dec. 23.
“This is a chance for us to meet some of the basic needs for our guests and to give our community an opportunity to respons to those needs,” said Laura Giesbrecht, director of operations at The Mustard Seed’s Red Deer location.
“With the rising cost of everything, the need has been greater this season.”
Here is the list for what will be collected each day:
- Dec. 13: clothes for men and women
- Dec. 14: undergarments
- Dec. 15: winter essentials
- Dec. 16: hair brushes and tissues
- Dec. 17: travel size hair and body wash
- Dec. 18: backpacks
- Dec. 19: reusable bags
- Dec. 20: travel coffee mugs
- Dec. 21: foot powder
- Dec. 22: food and drinks
- Dec. 23: baking essentials
“We’ve highlighted 12 different needs for our guests. We’ve put them on these 12 different days, so each day is an opportunity for us to meet one of these basic needs. We’ll be able to provide these items to our guests hioefully throughout the entire winter season,” said Giesbrecht.
Donations can be dropped off at The Mustard Seed Community Centre, which is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Donations can also be made online at www.theseed.ca/12days.
The past couple of years have been challenging, with COVID and inflation, Giesbrecht noted.
“In particular, since around March of this year, we’ve seen in a dramatic increase in numbers across all of the different services that we provide. The needs continue to grow in all of these areas,” she said.
Red Deer is “such a generous city,” she added.
“I always look forward to the Christmas season because people come out and share their generosity in such creative and exciting ways,” said Giesbrecht.
“It’s such a joy to see the way the community responds to those experiencing poverty and homelessness here in Red Deer.
“We’re always so thankful for the support of our community. We couldn’t do what we do without our donors and volunteers. They always show up in a really big way. We’re really excited to see all the ways that’s going to happen this Christmas season.”