December 13th was a very special day at Discovery House, as we hosted our annual Holiday party for all the residents. We certainly couldn’t have done it without all the generous help. It was a great reminder of the true spirit of the season.
Our building was already looking magical thanks to members of ARC Resources who spent considerable time decking our halls and corridors. Their creativity can now be seen in every nook and cranny. ARC Resources also matched the donations of its employees to ensure every family received a Walmart gift card.
The festivities started with a visit from the staff at Magicuts in Calgary and Red Deer. These ladies immediately got to work laying out their equipment and setting up an improvised salon. All day long they provided moms and children with new hairstyles and beauty treatments. There were treats for everyone, presents of hair products and a generous cash donation for Discovery House.
The surprises didn’t stop there. Filipek Photography was on hand to capture everyone’s new look. Professional photographer, Piotr Filipek carefully worked with each family to create stunning one-of-a-kind portraits, his personal gift to us.
Then it was time for the much-anticipated party. Volunteers from Rotary Club of Calgary North brought in a catered turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and devoted the evening to ensuring their guests were well taken care of. Gift bags were given to our families compliments of a Mary Kay representative. A big thank you also goes to Hotel Arts who provided the tables, table cloths, and center pieces to accommodate this occasion.
And what would our party be without a certain guest of honour? Every year our dedicated volunteer and donor, Cody Kwong, puts on his red suit and gives the children an evening to remember. Each youngster came away with one of the toys provided by several of our donors. Santa creates such an air of joy that even the teenagers agreed to sit and have their pictures taken!
Discovery House can’t thank enough our donors, volunteers and supporters who make it possible to give our clients some much needed joy during this season. May your own Holidays be every bit as special.