Wednesday, December 14, 2016

My outreach letter to a woman I greatly admire and respect; Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC's "The Current"....

Dear Anna Maria,

I had the privilege of having an interview with Robyn Burns of All Points West yesterday regarding a project that I have taken on recently. I am the founder and event coordinator of the 25th Annual Christmas Spirit Community Dinner held in downtown Victoria each year for those who may go without over the holidays. We have grown from feeding 75 guests our first year to upwards of 900 including an outdoor BBQ, Secret Santa program, hamper program over the years. This year I chose to not do the sit down Dinner for various reasons.
It has caused an upset that I didn't expect - hundreds of people who now have no where to go over the holidays. I think I lost touch with how much our Dinner made a difference. So, my new project was born - an outreach to the community to hold their own Christmas Spirit Community Dinners for guests both known and unknown to them. "50 Families Adopting 50 Families" over the holidays. My recent FB post was: 

"Let's not keep our Awesomeness all to oursELVES!
Come join our new community project. 50 families adopting 50 families. Families come in all shapes, sizes and blendedness! "Adopting" can look like inviting a senior out for a hot chocolate and muffin, having a whole clan over for dinner or a hike and a picnic. You get to say. This is YOUR Christmas Spirit Unleashed. Join me in creating miracles on our streets. Post if you are interested in learning more or diving right in! xo (MUAH!) Christina"

Emails are starting to pour in. People want to help. People want to make a difference. I thought - what a fabulous Canadian challenge. To challenge 10 cities to take on their own incentive! 50 Families Adopting 50 Families - Creating Miracles on our Streets.
I know that there are outreach (of love, generosity, caring) programs everywhere. People ARE awesome. Sometimes we just need a little nudge. Might you be interested in becoming a Mighty Elf and sharing this story with me? I would delighted to have you join me in spreading a tidalwave of love and the true spirit of Christmas across Canada. A tidalwave of Miracles on Our Streets. And let's see who takes it and runs :) With the hope that new relationships are formed and perhaps one more beloved person is reminded that they matter.

Warmest regards,
Christina Parkhurst
PS. Thank you for being a voice in the world for what is important, relevant and often incredibly uplifting. Thanks for following your heart and doing what you love. You are a gift.

CSCD Founder & Event Coordinator since 1991.