It was a mere four days before Christmas when Cheyenne’s family had moved again. To ensure that she was always able to provide for her family, Cheyenne’s mom was forced to get creative. And that meant moving from apartment to apartment, city to city, to seek out work and an affordable place for her and her children to live.

She knew this Christmas was going to be different. She sat down with Cheyenne and her brother and told them the truth. “I’m so sorry, but this year we just won’t be able to have gifts or a Christmas dinner,” she told them. “But what matters is that we’ll still be together and that’s what’s important.” Cheyenne remembers crying but also understood that her mom was doing the best she could. And, she was right. They would be together. That was what mattered most.

However, just in time for Christmas something special happened: Cheyenne’s mom learned about the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton’s Walk-In Days program which allows families to pick up everything they need for a Christmas celebration just in time for the holidays.

“My mom had dropped my brother and I off with a friend while she ran some errands. When we got home, there it was: Christmas! Everything we needed for a Christmas celebration was right there for us—it felt like magic!”

So, while they may not have had a tree or decorations, Cheyenne and her family were able to celebrate the holiday together.

“Now that I’m older, I understand that there are more important things in life, like your family. But as a kid, Christmas was a big deal. Not having a tree or turkey or gifts…it was sad. I’m so thankful that the Christmas Bureau was there for my family at a time when we needed them the most.”

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