December 11, 2019 - For Immediate ReleaseHumboldt, SK
– Horizon School Division central office was bustling with holiday spirit on December 11, as Board of Education members and staff gathered to pack and wrap gifts that will be sent to students and families in need.
The Horizon Christmas Hamper Project, now in it's sixth year, collects donations from staff and individual Board members to purchase gifts and distribute them across communities within Horizon School Division. Horizon's Board of Education has committed funds to add to these donations. Funds are used to buy gifts such as local grocery store vouchers, touques, mitts and various other items to help spread goodwill and holiday cheer to less fortunate families in Horizon communities. The program also enjoys the support from organizations in the surrounding communities, including the Haus of Stitches and St. John's Lutheran Church in Humboldt, the Strasbourg Dental Centre, Sutherland Dental in Saskatoon, Meyers Norris Penny, and a number of other community partners who contribute to the initiative throughout the season.
"With each year, the scope of this project has grown, and with it, the number of families and students we are able to support," said Horizon's Director of Education, Kevin Garinger. "Horizon's Board, staff, and community partners continue to show such incredible generosity during the holiday season, making all this possible. I am so grateful that we can all do our part to spread joy to our Horizon families at this time of year."
Each year, school administrators submit names of students and families they feel would benefit from this project. In 2014, the first year of Horizon's Christmas Hamper project, gift baskets were provided for 97 children and 45 families. This year, Horizon will be sharing gifts with approximately 403 children and 153 families. This initiative is part of Horizon's goal of providing Safe & Caring learning environments for all students and staff.
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