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It Takes a Village’s High Tea Fundraiser for a Worthy Cause

SPONSORED CONTENT – This elegant event is a wonderful way to celebrate the mother or mother figure in your life.

It Takes a Village is excited to announce its Spring High Tea Fundraiser. This elegant event is a wonderful way to celebrate the mother or mother figure in your life. The experience takes place at The Duchess Teahouse on May 1, and May 4. Get your tickets today as seating is limited. 

As a non-profit organization, It Takes a Village tirelessly serves families in need, providing essential baby supplies free of charge during the crucial first year of a child's life. The organization sprung from the compassionate hearts of local Okotoks moms who recognized a growing need for this service. Services are provided in a dignified, respectful, and judgement-free manner.

Jacqueline Bill, Client Support Coordinator, sheds light on the significance of the work they do and the impact it has on the local community.

"Our programs have become increasingly vital as we see a growing number of families reaching out for assistance," says Jacqueline. “The rising costs of housing, diapers, formula, fuel, clothing, and other essentials have put a strain on many households, some of whom are seeking help for the first time. We aim to alleviate the burden by providing pregnancy, baby, and children's items so families’ funds can be redirected to other household costs.”

This foundation prides itself on its local focus.

"Our donors are from the Foothills area, as are our clients. You never know when you're helping your neighbor," Jacqueline adds. “We meet people where they are and help to create a powerful intersection to help them lift themselves up. We provide assistance, but we don’t fix things. We are an arm of support that people may not have in their lives."

The impact of the foundation's work is profound and heartwarming. There are stories of financial donor families that were previous recipients of the Christmas program, and individuals who were once in desperate need and have since turned their lives around who are also now volunteers and financial supporters. One such story is about a mother who leaned on the foundation four years ago while putting herself through school. Now, she has graduated as a nurse and is thrilled to be in a position to give back to the community that supported her.

"It’s not about the money, but how we help people," Jacqueline emphasizes as she recalls the story of a man who stops by each year to donate. A few years ago, the foundation had helped his daughter’s very tiny, premature baby. Now that child is 4.5 years old, healthy, and thriving. His visits, often emotional, serve as a reminder of the impactful work the foundation does.

As Alberta continues to experience an economic crisis, the need for services provided by organizations like It Takes a Village Okotoks is becoming increasingly crucial.

Jacqueline explains, "The need has been increasing over the last two years. We saw a blip with COVID, which put more people out of work, but since then, we have steadily seen an increase in requests."

The foundation relies on the generous donations from the Foothills residents, whether they are children’s items, financial contributions, or in-kind donations. Volunteer support is also crucial, both in the office and at public events. If you are moved by this cause and looking to make a difference, there are several ways to contribute. You can donate to support their mission financially, or lend a hand by volunteering your time and skills. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, don't hesitate to reach out. To learn more about It Takes a Village, stay connected on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

It Takes a Village embodies the spirit of community and compassion, stepping in when families need it the most. They remind us that sometimes, it really does take a village to bring about meaningful change and hope.

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