Friday, December 30, 2011

Calgary Transit helps create Christmas magic

As it has done in past years, Calgary Transit once again teamed up with The Magic of Christmas on Christmas Eve delivering hope and joy to those less fortunate across the city.

On December 24, Santa Claus and his elves boarded 19 Calgary Transit buses that had been transformed into reindeer sleighs. These special buses were decked out in tinsel complete with special reindeer names, like Rudolph.

The Magic of Christmas delivered toys, clothing, gift cards and food to more than 350 families across Calgary. In addition, Santa made stops at Calgary’s hospitals, care centres and other organizations that assist those in need.

“This year was a challenging year, and we saw the demand for our services increase. On Monday our donations were quite low, but thanks to the generosity of Calgarians, by Christmas Eve the boxes were full to the top,” said Shannon McNaught, President of The Magic of Christmas.

“We help a lot of people in need, but mostly it’s about the spirit of Christmas and knowing that someone cares. Seeing the joy on people’s face when Santa walks through the door is truly magical.”

Of course it would be hard to deliver some of that magic without a sleigh.

“Calgary Transit always steps up in a big way for us with the donation of the buses and the volunteer drivers. This year we had over thirty five routes and a number of “hot shots” (that delivered some special gifts to homes) all driven by volunteer Calgary Transit drivers. We also had amazing transit volunteers who planned the routes and coordinated all the buses through the city to make sure every delivery is made and made safely. They are an amazing partner for us,” said McNaught.

“We are pleased to assist this worthy organization in getting Santa and his Elves to where they need to be every Christmas Eve,” added Calgary Transit spokesman Ron Collins. “For many of our staff, this is their Christmas.”

McNaught said the organization’s success is largely due to the number of sponsors and supporters who continue to be part of the magic year after year. “It is the generosity and support from Calgarians for organizations like The Magic of Christmas that truly make this city a great place to live. Thank you Calgary and see you next year.”

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