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January 7, 2015

hamper imageWe make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

The generosity of our students is truly amazing! Together they raised over $2800 in food, toys, gifts and cash donations in just 3 weeks. If only they could have seen the response when their giant food and gift hampers were delivered… A single mom with 7 children – all under the age of 10 – opened the door to receive a hamper, and a huge smile of joy and gratitude spread across her face. The students’ abundant generosity also provided for a second hamper delivered to a family of 9 and donations to Siloam Mission, Winnipeg Harvest, Winnipeg Inner City Missions, and the Red River College Student Food Bank.

The “Holiday Harvest” giving event is held every year in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Gary Giesbrecht, who first conceived of the idea in 1999. Gary was a gifted teacher who knew how to motivate and encourage his students. He playfully initiated some friendly competition between classes, to find out which group of students could win the title: “Most Generous Class”. Being an engineer, Gary developed an equation to determine the winning class called the “Giving Ratio.” This year, the title goes to the 3rd Year A/E Class, followed closely by the 2nd Year Municipal Class, and the 1st year C2 Class.

“Gary’s Holiday Harvest” could not take place without the many staff members who coach classes; gather donations; make donations; assemble hampers; deliver hampers; and organize the event. This event is clearly very important to many in this department, as evidenced by their effort and dedication.

Gary inspired all of us to give generously, and he taught us that hampers offer more than material goods. These gifts show people in need that there are others who care and are willing to help. And that brings people hope for the future… hope that lasts beyond the holiday season.

Your care has opened up new spectrums in my life, and has given me the energy to keep going towards the better future. My family and I thank you for your support.  – Hamper Recipient

Contributed by – Robin Hutchinson, Instructor, Holiday Hamper coordinator