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So much more than a gift…

The staff of The Bridge Youth & Family Services are overwhelmed by the generosity of Melanie and the Life After Laundry Ladies Club volunteers. For the second year, Melanie has been gathering donors and donations to make Christmas a little brighter for the participants in The Bridge Youth & Family Services Recovery and Addictions Programs.

Eight volunteers spent the evening of December 3 sorting, wrapping and packing gift bags for 20 individuals who will be receiving treatment services the week of Christmas. Adult Withdrawal Management Program Manager, Brenda Epp summed it up beautifully when she explained to the volunteers just how much these gifts would mean to her participants. “This is not just about gifts, this is not just about presents for people, its feeling cared for and that they are not a throwaway part of society, that someone cares enough to do this,” Brenda told the group. 

YD33, Youth Withdrawal Management Program Manager, Jamie McGregor anticipates 4-5 young people between the ages of 12-17 will be in-house over Christmas. An additional eight gift bags have been put together for adults who live in the Supported Recovery program.

The generosity does not stop there. When Melanie found out that we would have a group of women graduating from their 6-week Intensive Residential Treatment program on December 23rd, she jumped into action and is organizing a Graduation/Christmas gift for the participants.

Melanie and her friends are truly making a difference in the lives of these program participants. Holidays can be a time of great joy for some and incredible sorrow for others. These gifts and these kind and thoughtful people help spread the joy of the season, to everyone.

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