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While some students may write their last exam of the fall semester and head off to mountain ski adventures, hit shopping malls filled with delightful distractions, or head to a house party to celebrate the holiday season, some Mount Royal students switch their attention to wondering how they will afford to give their families and themselves a happy holiday.

SAMRU’s Season of Caring is here to help students by offering options and support to keep the season bright.

With the help of the entire MRU community, each year for the past 27 years, the Season of Caring has supported students and the Calgary community through our Wish Tree program and our Food Drive.

Watch our video and hear first-hand how one student’s holiday was made just a little happier thanks to the Season of Caring: http://youtu.be/niTYS41waow

A supportive community

The Season of Caring wouldn’t be possible, and we wouldn’t be able to share wonderful tear-jerking stories like these without the support of the MRU community. Over the 2014 Season of Caring we were proud to welcome 47 dedicated volunteers from our Student Outreach & Safewalk Centre, Pride Centre, Peer Support Centre, Centre for Student Initiative, and Cultural Mosaic Centre as well as volunteers who joined us just for this program. These volunteers contributed nearly 300 volunteer hours to help us raise money to support the program and collect food for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank along with the Peer Support Centre Food Bank.

This year, with the help of our volunteers and the generous donations of the MRU community, we raised $5,400 and 1,800 pounds of food. 198 individuals were given gifts for the holiday season; supporting students and their families to reduce their stress level, improve their mental health, and make their holidays just a little bit happier.

Along with support from individuals, we also received support from many different departments at MRU, including the Book Store, whose annual wreath-creating and auction event raised over $1,300 for the Season of Caring, and the MRSA who donated $300 to support MRU students during the holidays.

Our thanks

On behalf of the students who SAMRU assists every day, including during the Season of Caring, we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s fund, food, and gift-giving event.

To learn more about the program, and how you can contribute year-round towards this annual event, please visit: http://www.samru.ca/supportservices/psc/seasonofcaring/

  • Dawn Linnemoller, Editor & Content Coordinator, SAMRU

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