On Wednesday, Dec. 11, we will be broadcasting Global News Morning Calgary live from the parking lot of our northeast studios (222 23 Street N.E.) from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. as we collect new and unwrapped donations for the local charity.
The Magic of Christmas will then deliver the donations to local homes and hospitals on Christmas Eve.
Those who stop by Global Calgary on Dec. 11 to donate will be able to keep warm at a fire pit or inside a Calgary Transit bus and enjoy live music and entertainment.
The success of the event has continued to grow over the years.
Global Calgary’s first-ever Morning of Giving in 2016 raised almost $20,000 during the three-hour broadcast.
The following year, the Magic of Christmas said $29,260.52 was raised and 3,600 items were donated.
Then last year, the organization said they received a whopping $72,000 in donations and more than 6,500 toys.
Learn more about The Magic of Christmas
The Magic of Christmas is a non-profit charity founded in 1983. The organization works with the City of Calgary social services and the Calgary Police Service to make sure Santa doesn’t miss anyone who needs a special visit.
The charity, which runs entirely on donations, uses Calgary Transit buses to deliver donations across the city on Christmas Eve.
How recipients are chosen
According to the Magic of Christmas, the recipients are referred to the charity by doctors, teachers, social workers, police officers and nurses.
How to donate
Donations will be accepted at The Magic of Christmas’ headquarters (called Santa’s Workshop) located at 4416 5 Street N.E. in November and December, and dozens of drop-off locations throughout the city – which can be found on The Magic of Christmas’ website.
They are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday in November, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week in December.
Money can also be donated through the Magic of Christmas’ website.