Gifts of Kindness

A sudden job loss, diagnosis or change in family structure can mean that residents face financial troubles in the blink of an eye.

The Gifts of Kindness Fund provides short term financial support to help meet the basic needs of Chestermere and South East Rocky View residents.  

In addition to helping people get back on their feet, this support helps prevent long term social challenges in our community such as homelessness and malnutrition. Note: Gifts of Kindness was called the Christmas with Dignity fund until 2019. 

Annual Report

Copy of Gifts of Kindness 2020 Report Opens in new windowThe 2020 Gifts of Kindness Report is now available to read! 

Check out how your generosity has made an impact in Chestermere in the past year! 

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    Gifts of Kindness Fund bolstered with $10,000 donation from Glen and Jeannette Richardson

    Posted August 27, 2021

    The City’s Gifts of Kindness fund had an influx of summer support recently as a local family donated $10,000 towards the charity. “From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say thank you to Glen and Jeannette... Read on...
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Connect with us:

If you are facing financial challenges and need support, connect with our Family & Community Resource Team by calling 403-207-7079 or completing the intake form here. 

Upon referral, the City's Family & Community Resource Centre team can meet with an individual or family experiencing financial hardship to discuss their current situation and offer strategies and resources that may provide financial relief.

This may include referrals to the Chestermere Food Bank (hampers and Good Food Box), federal support programs (employment insurance), and provincial support programs.

If eligible, the staff can also offer short term financial support to the family in the following ways:

  • Basic Needs Support: Short term support in the form of a utility bill payment, grocery gift card or transportation assistance.
  • Personal Essentials: Upon request, staff distribute personal care & hygiene items to residents in need.
  • Holiday Packs: Staff provide gift cards to enable residents to purchase groceries for a special meal during the holidays.
  • Adopt a Family: During the holiday season, staff connect donors to residents in need to ensure that they can have a meal and gifts to celebrate the season in a special way.

The team is made up of staff who have extensive experience in supporting families in need. They will offer a confidential listening ear, suggestions for resources, and referrals to other supports.

Gifts of Kindness supports residents in need with short term financial support but there are many other resources available in Chestermere. In March 2021, we are featuring local social support services through a campaign called Chestermere Cares. Scroll up to learn more!

COVID-19 Note:

The Gifts of Kindness fund is still accessible to residents during the COVID-19 crisis. We continue to follow regular procedures for those residents requesting access to the fund, which includes the requirement that individuals and families access all other available resources prior to requesting funds from Gifts of Kindness.

This includes the provincial and federal programs that have been initiated in response to COVID-19, as well as any deferral assistance that is available. More information on these resources can be found at

GOK get involved

1. Participate in our current fundraiser

There are no current fundraisers but you can still give anytime by calling 403-207-7079 or using this online form:

2. Donate any amount

Any time during the year, you can make a difference in the lives of Chestermere and South East Rocky View residents by donating any amount. 

  • Click here to donate any amount online.  Please note that if you can wait until December 1, 2020 to give, you gift will be matched on that day (Giving Tuesday).
  • Send a cheque: Cheques can be made out to The City of Chestermere  with the memo being Gifts of Kindness. Cheques can be dropped off or mailed to 105 Marina Road, Chestermere, AB T1X 1V7.
  • Contact the Family & Community Resource Centre (403-207-7079) if you'd like to make a special donationdonate button Opens in new window

Donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt. We also want to acknowledge and celebrate our amazing donors. Find out how we do that here.Find out how we do that here.

3. Sign up for our email newsletter

We provide quarterly updates to the community through the City's e-newsletter (which is sent monthly).

Click here to sign up!

Read the March 2021 Newsletter here

Read the December 2020 Newsletter here

Read the November 2020 Newsletter here

GOK thank you

Thank you!

Past Fundraisers: On December 1, the amazing community of Chestermere generously donated $13,101 to Gifts of Kindness and with $10,000 matched (up to $10,000) by the Varico Foundation, the total contributions amounted to $23,151! Thank you!

Reports & Feedback: 

Read moreFallons Story Cover Opens in new window about how your donations make a difference to Chestermere families by reading the 2019 Gifts of Kindness Report.

Read a story of how Gifts of Kindness supported a family in need by clicking the image to the left.


In addition to many anonymous donors, and a $20,000 contribution by the Varico Foundation, thank you to the following individuals and organizations who supported Gifts of Kindness over the past year! 

Chestermere Smiles DentalCurtis WagemakersSara McKimmie
Chestermere Whitecappers
Paulette & Randy TippeRick Van Gelder
Kathryn BalantDawn BarbyBWI Enterprises Ltd.
Brenda ClampittChestermere Curling AssociationCouncillor Mel Foat
Marla ForthAkash GogiBetty Illingworth
Helen KittlerPhillip & Diane LaprairieSonja & Greg LeDuc
Campbell-Mack SupplyCraig McLeodTim Nicholl
Chestermere OptometryJennifer PeddlesdenLeslie Petrie
Rotary Club of ChestermereRavinder Singh SandharBrian & Brenda Scheelar
Melanie ScottGreg & Diane SeredaSimrat & Karmveer Sidhu
Kiran & Amandeep Singh RandhawaRoy SpankoDeborah Switzer-Cook
Nickle Family FoundationLight the Lake Contest WinnersTerry & Linda Farr
Shannon MervoldPure Renovation Ltd.Chestermere Lions Club
Mel & Evy WernerMarshall ChalmersChestermere Lake Crossfit
City of Chestermere Staff Social ClubLisa Finkbeiner
Glen & Jeanette Richardson