Rotary Club Community Service Director Mike Christie took the opportunity at today's meeting to review several very worthwhile projects.  These projects have approached our club for support, and while we don't have the resources to support all of them, he believed that our club members might be interested in one of these specific initiatives.
Dick Bide has drawn this organization to our attention and offered to match a $200 donation.
MHART is an initiative of six local churches, which began in 2015, to sponsor a family from Syria. Now a non-profit society, MHART invites you to help us rescue six members of this South Sudanese family from the Kakuma Refugee camp in Kenya & settle them in our community.
MHART plans to sponsor six of William's relatives, including his mother and five educated young people, eager to work and contribute to our community. The Government of Canada will bring these family members to Medicine Hat, provided we can raise $15,000 per person to support their first year of settlement.  
Medicine Hat Women's Shelter - ADOPT A FAMILY

Last year COVID-19 made MHWSS re-evaluate the most effective way to operate our program while keeping all our staff, volunteers, clients and sponsors safe and healthy.  The changes we made turned out to be a huge success with a lot of positive feedback from clients.  We have listened to the needs of those who access our services and are going to no longer run our program as a matching program.  Instead, we are asking our community to assist us through donations of new toys and gift cards so we can then provide the parent the opportunity to choose the gifts their child will receive.

We are excited to be able to empower Mom or Dad with the opportunity to be a part of choosing items that will make their child's Christmas special.  Mom or Dad will also receive a gift package and each family will receive a gift card for groceries.

We hope you will consider helping to make a difference in the lives of one of these families in need.

We invite you to support the program in any of the following ways:

  1. Donate new toys, gifts (for all ages) or gift cards by dropping them off at Sun Valley Honda and Davis GMC in Medicine Hat between November 12 and December 17.
  2. Make a financial donation towards the program (this can be done online at, e-transfer to or mail a cheque)
Deidre Giesbrecht, Volunteer and Donation Coordinator
Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society
Medicine Hat Santa Claus Fund
Dieter Brand mentioned that former club member Mike Hertz was a long time supporter of the Medicine Hat Santa Claus Fund.
The form for making a donation is available in "PDF" form in Club Documents.