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500 Reasons to Smile this Holiday

This week, Airport Authority staff volunteered their time and skills at Quest Food Exchange to distribute 500 Christmas hampers for families in need. Employees at YVR collected and donated food for the hampers for Quest’s clients.

Having sorted, packed and organized the food hampers, the teams were ready for action. Teams from across the organization including airfield emergency response services, airport operations, environment and communications teams were on hand at the Quest grocery store in Vancouver to distribute the hampers to community groups, families and individuals.

Each hamper box provides enough food for a family Christmas dinner, as well as a frozen turkey and fresh produce.  In keeping with Quest’s model for fighting hunger with dignity, hampers were offered to clients at a significantly reduced cost of the retail value.

For those unable to collect hampers from the store, YVR staff stepped in to assist. By hand delivering goods on foot or by truck, multiple hampers reached social service organizations and family homes in the area.

Employees truly enjoyed the opportunity to contribute and witness first-hand the positive impact their donations make. Airport Authority operations employee Jen Holmes recounts, “Carla and I walked with a lady to her home nearby who uses Quest to help make ends meet. She can’t afford heating and is very happy that she lives close to Quest and can benefit from their services.”

YVR firefighter Jeremy McNulty noted, “There are many ways to help Quest achieve their goals, this is just one way we can help.” Becky Henwood from YVR’s environment department said “It’s work like this that makes Christmas possible for some families … I found it an inspiring and rewarding experience.”

The YVR community Christmas hamper campaign for Quest ran in October and November with Airport Authority staff, volunteer Green Coats and YVR tenants shopping for food items. An estimated 450 members of staff were involved in the campaign, contributing more than 500 hours of time planning shopping, packing and delivering hampers for Christmas.

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