Photo supplied by FCSS on Compass program

Photo supplied by FCSS on Compass program

Rimbey FCSS collecting food, school supply donations for families in need

Updates on programs include Compasss, Kidz for Kidz and Food Bank.

Rimbey Family & Community Support Services FCSS is helping local families in need with food and school supplies.

With the ongoing pandemic, the food bank has seen an increase in demand.

“We have seen a higher increase in demand for the summer. We are accepting everything,” said Jamie Coston, community programming coordinator.

She says that the Rimbey food bank is requesting any gardening harvest such as lettuce or carrots.

She also says that they need dog food and cat food. Evergreen Co-op has a bin and so does the FCSS.

The food bank website states: “The people who visit food banks come from all backgrounds.

“They include families with children, employed people whose low wages do not cover basic living essentials, individuals on social assistance, and Canadians living on a fixed income, including seniors and people with disabilities.

“Food bank donations of either food or monetary contributions can be brought to the FCSS office located in the provincial building during office hours. You may be eligible for a tax receipt.”

Kitz for Kidz – a program that collects much needed school supplies for school-aged children in Rimbey and surrounding area through donations and strong partnerships – is also gearing up.

“Basically, what it is that anyone wants to go to either the drug store, stationary store or red apple in town and if they purchase school supplies. They can be donated at that store and they will pick them up there,” said Coston

She says if there are families in town that are having trouble getting school supplies they can call the FCSS in Rimbey to sign up for a Kitz for Kidz.

According to the FCSS website: Donations of cash or school supplies can be made and financial donations can be made to Rimbey Community Home Help Services Association and will be used to purchase school supplies.

“You can participate in collection challenges, begin a partnership, sponsor Kitz 4 Kidz, or volunteer.”

“Coming up in September we are running a compass program. The program is a supportive multi-session workshop facilitated by one of the FCSS volunteer staff,” said Coston.

She says the program is for caregivers – a role that can be isolating, overwhelming and stressful. It could have a negative impact on the caregivers mental and physical health.

“COMPASS encourages caregivers to balance their own well-being with the challenges of caregiving. The nine module program is facilitated by a volunteer – someone who understands how difficult caregiving can be.

“Sessions Include: The Emotional Journey, Putting Yourself First, Navigating the System, Assertiveness and Sharing the Care, Caregiver Burnout, and Planning for the Journey Ahead.

“The small group meets weekly for eight weeks and for a 9th time to come back together and reconnect. Workshops are held twice a year, spring and fall and require pre-registration. There is no cost to participate.”