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SPECIAL Speaker Series: Christine Hewitt of CFAX Santa Anonymous

*PLEASE NOTE: For this month only, Speaker Series will be on a Monday Night

Building upon our $5 Challenge momentum of kindness and giving, INSPIRED VICTORIA is proud to welcome Christine Hewitt, Executive Director of CFAX Santas Anonymous as our December Speaker Series speaker.

Each year Santa's has a massive impact on families - especially children - and not just at Christmas time but all year round. As board members like to emphasize, CFAX Santa's Anonymous is all about creating smiles in kids; and nobody does it better!

Beginning many years ago as a tiny one person operation, CFAX Santas Anonymous has grown into a major local charity, one mostly known for supporting families in need at the holidays by providing and food hampers gifts for children.

But what you probably didn't know is that they also provide grants year round to support families whose children have special needs and requirements. I can speak to this first hand as just five years ago my own family was helped by Santa's Anonymous.

As a parent, I can honestly say I don't know how we would have coped without the generous help they gave us when we needed it the most. Their support literally changed our lives, and I'll also share our story.

For this event, admission will be by donation (min $10) and ALL MONIES will go directly to CFAX Santas Anonymous; better still is that donations will be matched by an anonymous donor! AMAZING!

I urge all our community to come be inspired by a wonderful story, support a wonderful local charity and above all, be a part of making Christmas a little brighter for some local children... After all, Tis' the season!

Thank you and blessings to you all!

David

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8QEc_VKGkI

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  • MJ S.

    Wow... we couldn't have had better guest speakers for this month to celebrate the Christmas season. Now that I've learned about Santa's Anonymous, I feel so good about donating to the kids and families which they support! I feel like I just gave Christmas gifts to all of Victoria... and it feels good to know that my contribution goes a long way to helping kids have a happier Christmas. :) And great talking in the restaurant upstairs of course.. I enjoy all your company!

    4 days ago

  • David K.

    UPDATE!
    Thank you again to all who participated in last night's event, and contributed to this extremely wonderful cause! Because of your combined generosity, Inspired Victorias collectively donated... drum roll please'...

    $710 to help CFAX Santas Anonymous help families out this Christmas! With the anonymous donor match, that is over $1,400 towards making Christmas brighter for families in need - A HUGE THANK YOU to this brilliant community!! I love you guys so much!

    The money will be donated on behalf of Inspired Victoria at the Miracle Day this Friday, and I hope to some of you come down and join us. Thank you all again - YOU are what makes our Inspired Community so great. Blessings! David

    2 · 4 days ago

  • Rachel M.

    Very Inspiring

    1 · 4 days ago

    • David K.

      Welcome Rachel, great to see you again! David

      4 days ago

  • HELEN H.

    Excellent! CFAX Anonymous is one of the many reasons this area and its citizens have heart. Anyone that missed out please call in a pledge on Friday at the Miracle on Broad Street.

    1 · 4 days ago

    • David K.

      Ditto Helen! Thank you as always!

      4 days ago

  • Trish N.

    Christine's presentation was most inspiring. We, as a population, come together at this time of year to do our part for those less fortunate. But we tend to get busy the rest of the year and those in need may fall to the wayside. The spirit of Christmas and giving is a year-round blessing to be able to give a neighbor a hand up. Thank you, Santas Anonymous, for being our leader and reminder that it truly is better to give than to receive.

    1 · 4 days ago

    • David K.

      Well said Trish; so glad you joined us for this amazing presentation!

      4 days ago

  • Assal

    Always good to meet and to be surrounded by people who care!

    1 · 4 days ago

    • David K.

      Thank you for coming for as long as you could Assal - Your participation inspired all of us! You are wonderful! David

      1 · 4 days ago

  • David K.

    Wow, what an INCREDIBLE and emotional evening as Christine and Chris shared the vision and mission of CFAX Santas Anonymous with our group. Other than the obvious love, and commitment shown to the families of Victoria by the organization, the one thing that stuck for me was Santa's helps families, (especially the children) have a Christmas story to tell, because they were able to have a Christmas. So wonderful. Thanks to every single one of you who came out, and contributed and supported as much as you could. Not only was I truly inspired by the whole evening, but I've never been more proud to have so many wonderful people in my life. #blessed.

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Dawn C

    Great people who really care. A pleasure to attend.

    1 · 4 days ago

    • David K.

      Thanks Dawn, great to have you join us again. Looking forward to seeing more of you as we continute to "Crack the Code"! Ha!

      4 days ago

  • David

    Sorry something came up last minute and I won't be able to make it. Looking forward to connect in the future!

    5 days ago

  • Åsa P.

    I'll be late but I'll be there!

    1 · 5 days ago

    • David K.

      Thanks Asa, so great you made it out! Thanks for braving the weather! David

      5 days ago

  • Ali R.

    I will donate online as I won't be there. Started driving there and I'm not sure what to call it...a cross between snow and hail was coming down so hard the ground was all covered in whiteness. Yup, I got scared! I know how this town freezes up with snow decided it was safest for me to come home. Sorry to miss this :(

    5 days ago

    • David K.

      No worries, lots of that tonight Ali - You were here in spirit!! Thanks!!

      5 days ago

  • Mandy C.

    Sorry I can't make it tonight after all 😳

    5 days ago

    • David K.

      Next time Mandy!

      1 · 5 days ago

    • Mandy C.

      Yes David, I will def be at the event on the 15th tho!

      5 days ago

  • Shelley E.

    David! I'm so sorry I won't be able to make it tonight after all. I'm sure the event will be amazing !

    5 days ago

    • David K.

      We'll miss you Shelley! Hope you can make it soon! David

      5 days ago

  • Jane Z

    Sadly I have to decline David. I have one of my five alarm weather headaches. Will email you the money for the very good cause if that is ok? So sorry to be missing this!

    5 days ago

  • Gyneth T.

    So sorry not to make tonight - I have been down with the flu and still feeling pretty wrung out.

    5 days ago

    • David K.

      Sorry to hear Gyneth - You will be missed! Stay warm, get better and we'll talk very soon. =)

      5 days ago

  • Zamira V.

    Sorry David, due to deadlines I wont be able to make this event after all. :(
    I will make a donation to Santa Anonymous though!

    6 days ago

    • David K.

      We will miss you Zamira, but totally understand! We'll see you soon, and feel free to make a donation to Santas on Friday, Dec 9th during their all day telethon if that works for you. Hope to see you soon! David

      1 · 6 days ago

  • Jane Z

    Looking forward to the evening! Thanks, David!

    December 2

    • David K.

      It will be great to see you again Jane!

      1 · December 3

  • Monique N.

    I'm so sad, but something has just come up with work and I won't be able to make it! I will miss you all and wish you a LOVELY evening and a hugely successful event!

    December 2

    • David K.

      Thanks Monique; you WILL be missed! We'll see you at the next event!

      1 · December 2

    • Monique N.

      Absolutely! I'll miss y'all!

      December 2

  • tracy y.

    Yay, looking forward to it David!

    December 2

    • David K.

      It will be great to see you Tracy!

      December 2

  • Carla

    Hi David - I'm sorry to be missing this event, but I teach on Mondays....  :-(   I'm happy to contribute $20 though, particularly knowing it will magically turn into $40!!! Just let me know the easiest way to do that

    And I've already resp'd for the social ;-)

    December 2

    • David K.

      Thanks Carla! We'll be available until 10pm in the Blue Crab (at the Coast) if you'd like to stop by, but if that doesn't work let's connect on Tuesday and make it work. I plan to make the group donation on Friday at the Telethon. Thank you for your support!! You Rock!! David

      December 2

  • Ginny

    Really excited I found this group. Right up my alley! Just wish I could join in on the next meet up. Sounds like such an amazing event! I'd be happy to write a cheque with a donation if someone is able to take it for me.

    November 23

    • Ginny

      Great David...and thank you for the warm welcome :)

      November 24

    • David K.

      Cheers! Welcome aboard!

      November 24

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