Supporting Local Families in Need During the Holidays
Our hearts are still glowing with the warmth we were able to share with those in need this holiday season! BCO's 2020 Christmas Feast was a truly amazing expression of the spirit of giving that defines what community is all about. At a time when so many people are facing uncertainty and unprecedented challenges in their every day lives, we received an incredible outpouring of help from local businesses, BCO partners and some very special Christmas angels who gifted us everything from homemade ornaments and baked goods to helping hands when we needed them the most.
On the day of delivery in Okotoks, over 30 volunteers braved a terrible snowstorm, starting at 6:30 am and finishing around 5 pm. Almost every volunteer got stuck in the 40+ cm of snow that accumulated that day, but we were blessed with many kindhearted folks around town who helped dig our volunteers out. The resilience and compassion our team shared with the community was so genuine and heartfelt. We also want to give a special shoutout to our very own Christmas Angel Tamara Boivin, who steered this amazing project from beginning to end.
Christmas Meals Delivered in Okotoks and Lethbridge
In total, we delivered feasts to 49 families in the Okotoks area, bringing joy to 204 individuals, including 108 children. Our BCO elves also made sure every child we met along the way was going to find a toy under their tree! 2020 also marked a fantastic success story for BCO's first ever Lethbridge Christmas Feast, which was able to provide for 5 families, keeping the holidays bright for a total of 55 individuals, including 14 children. Our Lethbridge team included 7 volunteers who worked tirelessly together to deliver meals to people in need within the community. Working with the Lethbridge Food Bank, we also delivered meals to 10 seniors facing the holidays alone, and to 2 men’s group homes with Streets Alive Mission, bringing holiday cheer to another 24 individuals.
Holiday Fundraising with BCO Reached New Heights!
Thanks to the generosity of all the wonderful people who donated, our 2020 Christmas Feast fundraising efforts totalled an outstanding $13, 716.00! These resources will go far to help many people throughout our communities who will continue to face uncertainty in 2021.
We want to offer a huge, heartfelt thank you to all of the incredible volunteers and donors who helped make our 2020 Christmas Feast such an incredible success. We are so very grateful to begin 2021 with such a strong foundation of support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who helped us make a difference in our communities this holiday season!
BCO's annual Christmas Feast is right around the corner. Every year, BCO provides Christmas feasts to nominated families in need of a hand up. Last year, we were able to serve 139 individuals a Christmas Feast and this year we're aiming for more!
Looking to give back to your community?
You can choose to 'adopt' a family this year by contacting us through social media.
We are also currently looking for nominations and donations for this tradition.
"Baby It's Cold Outside is excited to announce the HeadStrong program - an initiative to provide much needed mental health services to business owners right here in Foothills County.
Created as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with
Wellness Innovate & the Government of Alberta, BCO is proud to be able to bring important services and programs to our community. BCO Founder Pamela Morgan
adds “The HeadStrong program will start here at home in the Foothills, with the partnership and mentorship of Wellness Innovate and other local partners, we will have the opportunity to change the narrative that surrounds mental health, remove the archaic stigma and help many business leaders and their families take healthy steps forward.”
Baby, It’s Cold Outside is looking forward to creating a life-changing program alongside Wellness Innovate, and is grateful to Highwood MLA RJ Sigurdson & Associate Minister for Mental Health and Addictions, Hon. Jason Luan for the support."
Baby it’s Cold Outside is pleased to announce that Easy Next Steps has chosen us as their Charity of Choice for their "Giving Back Program"! Easy Next Steps is a Canada-based company that provides Canadians with a wide variety of options in health care, lifestyle, career and money management by connecting them with the right people in the right fields, whether they’re an individual, a family or a business.
Easy Next Steps is dedicated to championing Canada’s 235,000 homeless. Through their partnership we hope to increase our efforts to supply vulnerable citizens in Southern Alberta with the support they need and work toward our goal of transitional housing. We’re so grateful for this exciting partnership with Easy Next Steps and their clients!
What a fantastic day! Our first CNOY- Okotoks 2020 co-hosting with Okotoks Food Bank Association was a great success! We had over 120 amazing folks from our community share in a walk for the hungery, homeless or hurt.
We are incredibly grateful to our volunteers that welcomed everyone, managed routes and rest stops, our registration team that registered our walkers to our food team that made the delicious community meal for all to enjoy.
Thank you to all our amazing teams! You raised over $15,000.00 to date! Thank you for your dedication and your big hearts for thinking of others first, caring for your community and those who are vulnerable. We loved meeting your families and friends as you all gathered to share an evening that was one we at BCO will not forget! And to our donors WOW! Thank you so much for all your support!
To our sponsors and community business leaders that supported our event: Thank you for all you do in our community and your continuous compassion for charity!
It’s not too late if you would still like to donate to a team, individual or to CNOY-Okotoks the link will remain active for 1 more week.
All of us at BCO are forever grateful for every part, every action and all the compassion and kindness you brought in making CNOY- Okotoks a great success!
Mark your calendars and we will see you at CNOY-Okotoks 2021💛
We hope you can join us on February 22nd and support a community we hold so dear to our hearts. We are still in great need of volunteers! Please feel free to sign up directly on the CNOY Okotoks page or reach out to us directly.
Check out this excellent video by Coldest Night of the Year:
Incredibly grateful for our partnership with Lethbridge Hyundai (https://www.facebook.com/YQLHYUNDAI/)!
Danny Blanchard and his team at @YQLHYUNDAI are making a tremendous difference in their Lethbridge community and we are so grateful at BCO to have joined forces with them! Check out their facebook page or visit them in person!
"Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.” - Roy Bennett
We were super excited to have been part of the 8th Annual Award-Winning Alberta Food and Beverage Expo at the Exhibition Park in Lethbridge, AB, along with our incredible event sponsor Lethbridge Hyundai!
Thanks to everyone who came down and said hello to our amazing BCO Team at Booth #44! #bco #lethbridge #charity
We are beyond thrilled to be hosting the Okotoks Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser in partnership with the Okotoks Food Bank.
We are gearing up our teams and getting ready to spread some community love on February 22nd, 2020!
We would love your support--where’s your passion? Team captain? Or do you want to be part of a team? We have a spot for you! Volunteer for one of the many spots available. Or maybe you would like to sponsor part part of our community walk? Reach out to us today and we will help to get you all set up!
Sign up today to run, walk or donate! #community #charity #fundraising #giveback
Hey Lethbridge! We're excited to announce we've opened a chapter in your amazing community and we are growing quickly.
We are currently building our volunteer team and would love for you to consider BCO your charity of choice to volunteer with. Please PM us on Facebook for further details.
We are a charitable organization based in Alberta, Canada. We are devoted to helping the homeless through various fundraising events, clothing and essentials drives, and our eventual goal is transitional housing.