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TK-SeasonOfCaring-11x17Are you a student and feel like you might need some extra support this time of year? Click here to find out more about our Gift Hamper program.

Can you support the Season of Caring program? There are so many ways to help! Click here to find out how.

Do you have a few hours to volunteer for the Season of Caring? Contact our Community Engagement Coordinator, Jon Heath-Smith, at!

It’s the Season of Caring!

This year marks your Student Associations’ 28th annual Season of Caring, a huge, community-driven program that brings together stressed-out students and the amazing community who wants to help them. The Season of Caring has a couple different parts to it: the Gift Hamper program matches Mount Royal students with community members who sponsor their wish list; Candy Canes for Pocket Change is for anyone with a charitable sweet tooth and all proceeds go to sponsoring a future gift hamper; and the campus-wide food drive supports the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and fills our very own Peer Support Centre food cupboards.

There’s more to the Season of Caring than just that (like all those blue change donation tins throughout MRU faculty departments) but those are the big points. Usually, the most visible portion of the program is the Gift Hamper wish board: you can check it out for yourself on Main Street by West Gate. Our volunteers will be manning an information table there weekdays from November 2 – December 9 from 10:00 – 2:00, so stop by and say hi if you want to chat about ways you can help the program. If you’re a student and want an application for a gift hamper, drop in the Peer Support Centre (room Z210) to talk in confidence with one of our trained volunteers and pick up an application. Applications for a gift hamper are available until November 27.

Recipients of Season of Caring gift hampers include MRU students, their families — and even a hard-working service dog or two! The program is open to all Mount Royal students, with no qualification necessary. We can also provide one-on-one peer counselling and service referral to anyone who feels like the Season of Caring might not provide enough support this season.

But gifts aren’t the only part of the Season of Caring: last year, with the help of volunteers and the generous donations of the MRU community, we raised $5400, over 1800 pounds of food, and volunteers contributed nearly 300 volunteer hours. The Season of Caring program simply wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for our incredible community and all the people who donate their time and money. We are so grateful for every donation and contribution made to the Season of Caring — and you can bet that each sponsored student is pretty thankful, too!

So help make a difference this year: support the Season of Caring. Check out ways you can help here, or click the button below to donate directly to the Season of Caring program. The Students’ Association of Mount Royal is a registered charity and will provide a charitable tax receipt for any donation over $10.00.


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Our thanks

We would like to thank the campus community and everyone who participates in this annual event. It’s only thanks to your generosity that many students, and their families, are to enjoy what might otherwise be a stressful time.