Sponsorships were sought to purchase White Spot turkey dinners for 50 families in Tri-City
A woman from Coquitlam has found a meaningful way to give back this holiday season.
Jessa Turner, who has led Operation Bags of Hope for seven years, is now fundraising to buy turkey dinners for vulnerable families in Tri-City.
“Christmas is about kindness,” said Turner, a mental health worker, who has a Facebook group.
The fundraising effort began during Thanksgiving when Turner came up with the idea to purchase White Spot dinners for vulnerable families in Tri-City.
Up to 37 meals were purchased for single-parent families, seniors and low-income families, thanks to community support.
Now the plan is to expand the program to raise money for turkey dinners for 50 families.
Through a connection with a youth worker in School District 43, dozens of families have been identified as having extraordinary needs this holiday season. So far, funds have been raised to purchase turkey meals for around 23 of the families identified. But more is needed to make sure no one misses it.
“A gift this Christmas is a reminder that you are loved and that with hope anything is possible,” said Turner, who hopes community members can help close the gap.
Sponsoring a meal costs $ 20 for a family of two, $ 40 for a family of three to four, and $ 60 for a family of five or six. The recipients get their meal on December 21 or 22 or according to the coordination of the interveners with the young people of the school.
You can send payment to [email protected] by December 4th, or you can pay by debit or credit card by visiting White Spot # 141 (take out) at 500-3025 Lougheed Hwy., (Sunwood Square). Tell them it’s for Jessa Turner and email her to confirm payment.