Edmonton, AB – "Maybe Christmas", he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more!"
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) took a leaf out of the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, announcing today an investment of over $255,000 in Christmas giving back into Oil Country. Thanks to the support and donations from our generous hockey fans, players and staff, the EOCF will be making the holiday season merrier for 39 local charities.
“What many people don’t know is every holiday season the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is proud to make significant contributions to charitable organizations throughout Oil Country,” said Richard Wong, EOCF Chair. “These contributions help to make the holiday season and the New Year brighter for the people needing the services these organizations provide to make our community a better place. It was a record year of giving by the EOCF with over $2.5 million dollars invested in our communities; it is such a great feeling."
With a focus on programs supporting education and health and wellness for youth, the Foundation upholds the goals of helping solve social issues and finding ways to make our community a better place to work, live and play.
One of the local charities that embodies this vision is the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. Kevin Lowe, Oilers Entertainment Group vice-chairman, and the Oilers Ladies have a longstanding tradition of supporting the Christmas Bureau, helping raise funds and awareness by acting as Honorary Co-Chairs of the campaign.
This holiday season, the Christmas Bureau is anticipating 65,000 Edmontonians in need will apply for a food hamper or food gift cards. Those that receive the festive meal will tell you that it’s more than just meal, it’s a Christmas with hope, dignity and the knowledge that their community cares about them.
“It’s Christmas time and in the true spirit of giving, there are many who need our support,” said Wendy Batty, Executive Director, Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. “The Oilers have not only helped provide a holiday celebration for families, but they’re also spreading our important message of hope and giving.”
Other programs benefitting from the Christmas funding include Edmonton’s Food Bank and their School Snack Program, The Support Network’s 24-hour Distress Line and the GirlSpace Education and Empowerment Program at the YWCA of Edmonton.
Since its inception in 2001, the EOCF has donated over $25 Million to charities across Oil Country. For more information on the EOCF’s programs and giving this holiday season, visit OilersFoundation.ca.