An Edmonton-based business is borrowing some meeting room space in St. Albert tomorrow to spread some Christmas cheer in more ways than one.
Kyland Investment Management hopes to make the season a little brighter for some area residents facing some great life challenges. They will be purchasing clothing and Christmas presents for two clients of a local women’s shelter and their families as well as 31 children through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton.
Nicole Shurko is the owner of Kyland. She explained that her business is all about helping people to prosper economically, but that doesn’t mean that she ignores the ones who struggle with money and other hardships.
“Every year I normally send Christmas cards and some gifts to clients. My clients are all investment clients; they all do well. They have everything that they need. We just decided that instead of that, this year we would take some of our profits and give back to the community.”
With the generosity of various stores, her team was able to provide one gift plus a new pair of jeans or running shoes per person. Each recipient will also get winter gear including scarves, toques and mitts. Some people will also be getting Christmas trees and decorations to spread more cheer and festive spirit around.
Shurko hopes this is just the start of something that reaches more and more people in need.
“It’s just created a momentum in the community that’s got us really excited,” she said, adding that she thinks that with continued support the effort could benefit 300 children next year. “That is our ultimate hope as we don't think any child should not have a wish granted from Santa at Christmas time.”
She said that she understands the economy has made it tough for many to donate. She still hopes that many people can reach into their pockets and help out whatever charity they choose to support.
The wrap party takes place tomorrow from 4 to 10 p.m. in a meeting room at the St. Albert Inn, 156 St. Albert Road. Participants will be invited to enjoy some wine and cheese while they wrap. Eggnog, the traditional glass of cheer, will also be available.
To find out how to get involved with the event tomorrow, call Kyland at 780-913-3641. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton, call 780-422-6038 or visit www.boysandgirls.ab.ca.