CUPS selling Christmas wreathes to aid those in need

With hard times hitting the city, the Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) is looking to help out this holiday season by selling wreaths for charity.

The wreaths, which come with a tax receipt, were to be sold through the month of November or until they sell out.

The donation money will go towards health, education and housing for those in need.

Wreaths can be ordered online at the CUPS Calgary website and are $60 including delivery, or $55 for pickup.

Communications and marketing manager for CUPS Calgary Prab Lashar said they hope to surpass last year’s sale of 1,200 wreaths.

“We look towards the public for their donation and the last few years have been challenging times,” said Lashar.

“We have seen an increase in clients and a plateau in our donations.”

CUPS hopes to increase donations as the usage of our services has increased by 1,000 people since last year, Lashar said.

Last year, CUPS served about 9,300 people and currently has more than 600 people in its housing facility.

Of that total, 5,287 patients were helped last year, from prenatal to mental health care, and more than 1,000 families in education.

They have also housed over 4,500 homeless adults and children since 2008.

While their main targets during the holiday season are families, CUPS will also be helping out everyone they can.

“We help families during the season and vulnerable people,” said Lashar.

CUPS event manager Heidi Robideau says that when they run out of wreaths, there are other ways that people can help out, including volunteering, and donating online.

The community’s support continues to mean a great deal to those in need, but with the increase in people they are helping this year, a little extra donation during the Christmas period could make a huge difference.

The Giving Season:CUPS Calgary Communication and Marketing Manager Prab Lasher, hands out information on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. at fifth avenue place, for buying wreaths for the holiday season. The wreath donations go towards helping those in need this holiday season. (Photo by Avery Swail /The Press)
The Giving Season:CUPS Calgary Communication and Marketing Manager Prab Lasher, hands out information on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. at fifth avenue place, for buying wreaths for the holiday season. The wreath donations go towards helping those in need this holiday season. (Photo by Avery Swail /The Press)
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