Reflections of our 2020 Experience
This year we are especially thankful for our health, our clients who have continued to visit us and all the good things we see in the news about people coming together to help one another.
Each year we have fund raised for the Friendship Inn, collecting donations by not charging for repairs and then matching the total. This year, as an incentive we offered a handcrafted Christmas ornament created by Dave, as a prize for one lucky person who contributed to this fundraiser. Don G. is the lucky winner of the ornament.
We want you to know where your contributions are going. Covid has shown the world that your life circumstances can change in a blink of an eye through no fault of your own. The Friendship Inn has provided a nutritious meal and safe place for years. It couldn't do it without the help of their volunteers. Covid has created additional hardship not just for the population that uses the Friendship Inn’s services but also for the Inn’s ability to coordinate volunteers.
We were approached to lend a hand in buying a potato peeler for the Friendship Inn, which costs approximately $7,500. Our contribution will help meet that goal, thanks to the generous support of our clients. This will reduce the Friendship Inns need for volunteers, freeing up volunteers to do other jobs. This will also reduce the time it takes to prepare the meals. Thanks to Nutrien, our donation is also being matched.
We have in the past volunteered at the Inn and we can attest to the commitment of the volunteers to provide nutritious, tasty meals. Looking out over the room of people who for whatever reason they need a hot meal, it is heartwarming to feel that they have found a safe place for a meal. The smiles and friendships we watched also reminded us that no matter who you are, being seen, heard and appreciated are basic needs and everyone can help others feel appreciated.
We want to thank our clients for their generous contributions, giving us the ability to make someone’s day a little brighter.