Lots of single parent families that rely on this help will need extra help from the community.
UPDATE: from the Canadian Native Friendship Centre facebook page
"WE HAVE RECOVERED THE CARDS!!! YAY!! thank you to everyone who donated. The perps did take some of our other resources, but the food cards are safe now. All the donations so far have replenished what was stolen! Please share!!"
The employees at the Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton came to work Wednesday morning to find their front door kicked in, glass smashed and desks toppled over. The perpetrators left a huge mess.
Several thousand dollars in gift cards for the Food Security program was missing.
Windspeaker Radio spoke with the centre’s director Ron Walker. He says the grant received that funded the gift cards is no longer available. They were for Superstore, Walmart, Safeway and other stores where some low-income families shop.
Walker was upset and was concerned about the children that the centre would not be able to help with food and other necessities.
“I just don’t understand humanity sometimes. We’re just trying to do our best to help our people and when this happens, it just tears me up,” said Walker.
“Especially with the COVID and everybody mad about wearing masks and everything, and plus our people are needing the help so much because there’s not… there’s only so many jobs and so many resources in the community and all the community organizations that I know of, we’re all just trying to scramble around, trying to get help and resources as well.
“And I just think about these little kids that are going to go without…sorry,” Walker said choking back tears.
“I just think about these little kids that are going to go without food and everything and it just kills me. Sorry for crying like this but, it just kills me.”
Walker sends a message to whoever did this,
“I hope you needed it more than all of the hundreds of people that we could have helped with those gift cards and the resources. I hope that it will help you in your life journey or something because it really affected a lot of people.”
He asks people to report it if anyone tries to sell a bunch of gift cards or they hear anything about the crime. Report it to the police downtown, he said. They have an open file there now.
Walker says they will need to clean up and repair the damages before they can open to the public again.
Donations are welcome and e-transfers can be sent to their finance officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or donate through canadahelps.org