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Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters:

The holiday season is just around the corner, and for many of us, this is an exciting time of the year; a time when we can enjoy the company of our families and friends. For some, though, the holiday season can be a challenging time especially for families who are staying in a shelter or who have recently left the shelter. Trying to cope with fleeing a violent situation, looking for a sense of normalcy and transitioning to a new way of life can be difficult.

With your generosity and support, you can join Wendy’s 8th Annual Support WIN House ~30-day Campaign~ to collect local gift cards during Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. A gift card helps families rebuild their lives during and after leaving WIN House’s programs and services such as the shelters. The campaign is unique and supports many families in various ways. Rather than donating actual food or household items, the ask is that you donate gift cards from local stores. The goal is still to collect as many gift cards from a variety of grocery stores such as No Frills, Giant Tiger, Superstore, Safeway, and Shoppers Drug Mart as these are the stores most known to the families, accessible and affordable. This provides families the freedom to select food based on their dietary needs, the opportunity to shop for basic necessities, and the empowerment to purchase their household items.

You may also wish to donate a unused/unwanted gift card or provide a gift card to a restaurant, movie theater, coffee shop, book store, or local clothing stores. The women and children appreciate the gift cards and have expressed gratitude when receiving them. For example, one woman expressed how gift cards to McDonalds allowed her to plan a special birthday party for her child during a difficult time. Receiving a gift card, in any amount, help families focus on their journey forward knowing they are supported when they need it the most. Gift cards get distributed to families throughout the year since women and children often arrive at WIN House with very little. These gift cards are unique gifts that empower families to heal and start a new beginning. By donating a gift card, you give women and children the opportunity to feel empowered to purchase items they need for a brighter future, and to celebrate the special moments in life.

Wendy’s annual campaign has grown significantly, since it started in 2013 with $1,085 collected, $2,485 in 2014, $3,870.00 in 2015, $4,005.00 in 2016, $1,885 in 2017 and $2,255 raised in 2018. Over the course of several years, we raised a total amount of $21,500 (as of Christmas of 2019). We are happy to say that there has been an overwhelming response in previous years. Many of these families need basic necessities like a mattress to sleep on or baby formula, and a gift card provides that support.

How can you donate a gift card?

In person

Contact Wendy to make arrangements for pick up or drop off with gift cards. Contact Info: waujla@ualberta.ca or 780-238-2321. A tax receipt will be issued, by the end of January 2020, if the gift card is accompanied with a receipt outlining the cost. If you require a tax receipt, please provide your contact information (Full name, address, and email/ phone number). – Deadline is Tuesday, December 31st.

A tax receipt will be issued, by the end of January 2021.

By Mail

Mail in a gift card or provide a cheque to be put towards the gift cards. Insert a note in the envelope with the gift cards, indicating that you are supporting Wendy’s 7th Annual WIN House ~30 Day Campaign~. When mailing in a gift card please include your contact information (Full name, address, and email/ phone number). A tax receipt will be issued, by the end of January 2020, if the gift card is accompanied with a receipt outlining the cost. Deadline is Tuesday, December 31st.

A tax receipt will be issued, by the end of January 2021.

Online

Make a cash donation online towards the gift cards. Wendy will pick up the gift cards on your behalf. Deadline is Tuesday, December 31st.

Donate Online

Host a Gift Card Drive

Host a gift card donation drive at your workplace or with your family and friends. Download and complete the template to start collecting from your network. This template will allow you to track the names of these generous supporters in your network. Please contact Wendy at waujla@ualberta.ca to let her know what you are planning to do.

Tax Receipt Form for Gift Card Campaign

Lastly, you may also wish to collect from your network of friends and family, if so please contact Wendy to let her know and download the following template (make it available with link) to track the names of these generous supporters in your network.

If you are on social media, follow Wendy at @waujla on Twitter during November for updates on the campaign. Use the #30daystoWIN, #gclocal, and #icanact hashtags. Also feel free to take a selfie with the gift card you plan to donate!

Your contribution will be life-changing for the families. Thank you for valuing this commitment and considering this request.

Best wishes,

Wendy Aujla
waujla@ualberta.ca