Giving back to the community: Systemscope does The Christmas Hamper Project
Amidst all our Holiday preparations, we tend to forget that it is an important time of the year to give back to those who are less fortunate in our community. From learning new skills to boosting self-confidence, there are endless rewards associated with helping others. Needless to say, there is power in giving back and it’s an imperative value to the Systemscope team.
Amongst other programs in Ottawa that support the community during the Holiday season, “The Christmas Hamper Project” is an organization run by the Centertown United Church that helps deliver food hampers to thousands of underprivileged families and individuals all over Ottawa. We brought our 25 staff members together and raised the bar – sponsoring 4 families, encapsulating 16 individuals.
Each hamper supplies enough food for a Christmas day meal, provisions for a week as well as everyday household necessities. We were also instructed to include a personalized gift to each member of the families. Assembling all the hampers was no easy task; it took lots of communication, organization and collaboration to meet our target, but we succeeded! On December 22nd, after weeks of managing the donations and preparing all the hampers, we delivered approximately 20 boxes of supplies to the church.
Managing a project like this was a rewarding journey. We encourage everyone to look for ways to help their community, especially around the holidays. Here are a few starting points:
- Volunteering: find a cause that is close to your heart and devote yourself to it.
- Raising awareness in your circle of friends, co-workers and family as the first step of giving back to your community. Talk to local centres that accept donations of food, furniture or other items of value, and get people involved in your projects. Promote it on your social media channels.
- Fundraising is an important aspect of giving back to the community. Small donations can make a big difference to any donation programs in your community.
As the old adage says: “it’s better to give than to receive”, and after this incredible experience, we can confirm it is nothing but the truth.
Please enjoy the video showing the Systemscope team in action, packing and delivering boxes to our sponsored families. We would love to hear about how you are helping your community thrive.
Wishing you all a bright and happy holiday!