Wednesday, 14 December 2016 23:08

Gathering for Good: CSD Employees Raise Money, Spread Cheer

"Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” — The Polar Express


The spirit of the holiday season isn't something that can be touched, seen or even easily described. And yet it was fully apparent at Canyons District’s 8th annual Gathering for Good employee luncheon and fund-raiser.

Nearly $7,000 was raised through a silent auction and donation drive benefitting students and families residing at The Road Home homeless shelter in Midvale. The money will be used to provide services and supports that aren’t covered by federal funding, said CSD’s Homeless Liaison Connie Crosby.

Located within Canyons District’s boundaries, the shelter is at capacity, and demand is growing as the numbers of homeless individuals and families rise — Utah reported a double-digit increase in homelessness in 2016. Within Canyons District alone there are nearly 1,300 students who, according to federal standards, lack a fixed, regular or adequate residence.

“The need is high, but thankfully we have a very generous community,” Crosby said. Indeed, it took a small army to organize the event, and the support of the entire Canyons District community. Dozens of local businesses, community partners and individuals donated items for the silent auction. Jordan Valley students performed excerpts from “The Polar Express,” and the Nutrition Services Department spent hours planning, preparing, transporting and serving a hot, homemade meal for everyone to enjoy. They were given a big hand by the custodial, purchasing and warehouse crews. And who could forget the surprise visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus?

Thanks to everyone for their generous contributions. We hope you have a joyful and restful winter break, and a prosperous New Year.

Our Partners:

Hale Center Theater
Salt Lake Acting Company
Utah Symphony
Pet Wants
Baprons
Pinks Salon
Eclips Salon
LuLaRoe
Norwex
Park Lane Jewelry
E.Excel Skin Care
The Printed Garden
Wasatch Musician
Westwind Karate
Floral Supply
Salt City Burger
Olympus Burger
At Home
Sizzler
Olive Garden
The Spa Club
Usborne Books
Scentsy
Sportsman's Warehouse
Wood Connection
Wasatch Deli
Macy's
Tin Roof Grill
Layers Beautiful Bedding
Archibald's Restaurant
Naborhood Bakery and Cafe
Storybook Nook
Chocolate Covered Wagon
Down to Earth Home Decor
Cinemark Draper XD
Brighton Ski Resort
Tiburon

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