Every year some of my friends and I organise a fundraiser to help support the Edmonton Food Bank and we use our blogs to try and signal boost it. This is that 🙂

This year our theme is ‘Winter Light’.

I chose it, in part, because last year our theme was ‘Light in the Darkness’ and that felt pretty much perfect — because helping people in need is sort of like offering a light in the darkness, and last year felt pretty dark. I didn’t want to repeat themes but I definitely wanted something to do with ‘light’ again this year.

And it made me think — in North America, where I live, this is the darkest time of year… at least if you’re only considering daylight hours. But it’s also the time of year when people string lights up on trees, and around their homes. When we go out of our way to push back the shadows. It’s beautiful on both a literal and a symbolic level. And natural winter light? It’s  awe-inspiring as well.

Each year we do this I am awestruck and inspired by the generosity of people — people who want to make someone else’s load a bit lighter. Their season a bit brighter.

So, ‘Winter Light’ it is 🙂

This year we are aiming to raise $1,000 for the Edmonton Food Bank.

Because of their community connections and bulk-buying abilities, the Edmonton Food Bank can turn every $1 cash donation into 3 meals.

It’s kind of like magic. And it means that if we reach our goal we will have provided 3,000 meals to struggling families at the darkest time of the year.

If you can help, please donate here:

Giftmas 2023 Fundraiser
To Benefit The Food Bank

Literally every dollar counts because it’s 3 meals for empty bellies.

And, I promise you, it feels pretty good to spread some light.

If you can’t support the fundraiser with a donation, that’s totally cool, I get it. You can also help us by boosting our signal. Share this post or the direct link to the fundraiser ( https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2023-giftmas-fundraiser/ ) with your friends, family and social media. It helps a lot. Especially in these times where people are spreading out to different social media platforms more than ever before.

Over the next few days I’m going to continue blogging about Giftmas and touching on our Winter Light theme, but I’m not alone! As I mentioned before, some of my friends are also joining in. Here is our schedule:

Giftmas 2023 Schedule
Sunday, December 3rd
Introduction blog post — http://www/rhondaparrish.com/home/
Bonus: Short story by Ed Greenwood and Rhonda Parrish — https://www.patreon.com/posts/golden-simril-93992966
Monday, December 4th
Laura VanArendonk Baugh — https://lauravanarendonkbaugh.com/blog/
Tuesday, December 5th
Wednesday, December 6th
Thursday, December 7th
Friday, December 8th
Saturday, December 9th
Sunday, December 10th
JB Riley  — https://jbriley.com/
Monday, December  11th
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