Since the beginning, Edmonton Sun Adopt-A-Teen has been inspired by spirit of giving shared by our teens, both those on our list and from those kids in the community who go out of their way to offer a helping hand to another teen in need.
Our hearts are warmed by the hard work of students in Edmonton schools who host fundraisers in support of Adopt-A-Teen.
This year, students at J. Percy Page high school, with the help of their school resource officer Cst. Christopher Lucas, raised nearly $300 by selling hot chocolate in the halls all with the goal of helping fellow teens in need.
Their help put a gift under the tree for six teens on our list.
Students at Aurora Academic middle school raised another $750 for Adopt-A-Teen, their efforts providing a gift for another 15 teens in need.
Even young kids came out to help.
Children at Kinder House Daycare made beautiful portraits by hand that they sold to raise $1,700 for Adopt-A-Teen. Their gift provided 34 teens in need with a $50 Walmart Gift Card through the Adopt-A-Teen program, and their artwork will surely be cherished by their families for years to come.
We know there are countless other children and teenagers in Edmonton who held fundraisers of their own, shovelling walks, creating art, holding bake sales, all in the name of Adopt-A-Teen.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Every year, with help from the community, Edmonton Sun Adopt-A-Teen provides a $50 Walmart gift card to underprivileged teenagers in our city, teens who otherwise would get left out of the celebrations.
But more than the face value of the gift card, your gift to our teens comes with a message of love and support that can follow them through the rest of their lives.
When children and teenagers get involved in lifting the spirits of others in their community, they learn the value of giving and the virtues of working to make the world a better place, even if it’s just by granting a small Christmas wish for another child in need.
This year, Adopt-A-Teen plans on providing 7,800 teens in our community with a $50 Walmart gift card.
Generous donors have already gifted Adopt-A-Teen with $307,184. That’s enough to make sure there is a gift under the tree on Christmas Day for 6,143 teens in need.
But with just days before Christmas, we still have 1,657 teens left on our list.
If you can make room for one more this Christmas season, please consider making a donation to Adopt-A-Teen. Your kindness will not go unnoticed.
Donations can be made online at www.adoptateenedmonton.ca or by phone at 780-414-7694.
Donations can also be delivered in person at the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton office at #200 4230 118 Ave. or by mail to Adopt-A-Teen Program, Box 16000, Edmonton, AB, T5J 4B4.