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It’s the Season of Caring once again for the Mount Royal University (MRU) community!
This year marks the 29th year that the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) has administered the Season of Caring program, a campus-wide and community-driven effort to support students in need during the winter season.
The Season of Caring’s goal is to provide aid to Mount Royal students who may be experiencing financial hardship. This comes at a time of year that is typically difficult for students as loans come up short, workloads increase, and emotional and financial stresses run high.
You may have seen our booth on Main Street already. That’s where we ask for small donations in exchange for a candy cane, but it’s also the go-to information booth for questions about the Gift Hamper program. The Gift Hamper program makes up a big part of the Season of Caring: we match students in need with community members who sponsor their gift wish list to grant wishes for students and help make their season a little brighter. Recipients of Season of Caring gift hampers include MRU students, their families, and sometimes even a hard-working service dog!
But even though fulfilling students’ wishes makes up a huge (and awesome) part of Season of Caring, we do a lot more, too. Campus-wide fundraising initiatives also raise money, non-perishable food, and basic hygiene products for the Peer Support Centre’s emergency supply cupboards and the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank (CIFB). Literally tons of food has been donated as a result of campus individuals and departments!
It’s only through the generosity of the Mount Royal community and the considerable time and work put in by volunteers that the Season of Caring could prove to be such a success. SAMRU gratefully welcomes all sponsors, donors, and volunteers willing to get involved with the program. And if you know a stressed out student, we would love to connect with them to find out how we can help.
Gift hamper request sponsorships are open until December 2. Donations of non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, or financial support are gratefully accepted at the Peer Support Center until December 22. The Students’ Association of Mount Royal is a registered charity and will provide a charitable tax receipt for any donation over $10.00.
For more information about the Season of Caring, please click here.