Jennaya who was a new mother at 18, is all too familiar with the worries that Christmas brings to new families. "The financial stress that the holidays bring is a huge stress for everyone especially those who qualify as low income." says Jennaya. I don’t think any parent wants to wake up on Christmas knowing their child won’t have anything."
Jennaya sought support through the Terra Centre, who helped her with the obstacles that teen moms face every day. It was her Terra Support worker who suggested to Jennaya sign up to receive a festive food hamper from the Christmas Bureau. "After that, I didn’t have to worry about not being able to provide my daughter with the Christmas she deserves."
"The Christmas Bureau is an important part of my life and many other families in Edmonton. It has allowed me the chance to make amazing holiday memories with my family. I feel so blessed to be a former recipient, and I am so thankful for the work the Christmas Bureau does in our community."
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