For nearly 40 years, The Magic of Christmas has been bringing Christmas into the homes and hearts of Calgarians who need it most.
Each year on Christmas Eve, the successful charity transforms Calgary Transit buses into “Santa’s reindeer”. Loaded with gifts, and with over 6,000 of Santa’s elves including the big man himself – these volunteers visit over 650 families across the city, and 4,500 people in hospitals, care homes and other institutions to deliver food hampers, gifts, joy and hugs for the holiday season.
This year, Universal Ford Lincoln is supporting the magic by becoming a drop-off location for unwrapped gifts and other donations supporting The Magic of Christmas, so stop by and drop off a few requested items today! We are accepting donations for infants, children, teens, parents and grandparents, and Universal Ford Lincoln is located at 2800 Barlow Trail NE.
Additionally, Universal Ford Lincoln is sponsoring the new “Santa Hot Shot Service”, providing a fleet of vehicles and a 1-Ton cube van to deliver over-sized items and special deliveries to transition housing, seniors centers and more!
The Magic of Christmas has been creating magical holiday experiences for recipients and volunteers alike for decades. Greg Girard, one of Universal Ford Lincoln’s top marketers, loved his experience volunteering with the group.
“We showed up on Christmas Eve to a warehouse bustling with activity. People were organizing donations and loading buses, and the room was alive with festive songs and Christmas spirit. After dawning our elfly attire, we visited lots of people, including seniors and young families. Everyone we visited was filled with so much gratitude and appreciation, and it felt great knowing I made a difference in so many peoples lives, in just one special day full of giving and joy. I met some great volunteers and even made some friends.” Says Girard.
Universal Ford Lincoln was acquired by Kaizen Automotive Group in 2019. With eight dealerships in and around Calgary, Universal Ford Lincoln isn’t the only Kaizen dealership helping. You can also drop off donations at CMP Auto, Shaw GMC, Sunridge Nissan, Country Hills Nissan, Country Hills Hyundai, Okotoks GM, and Strathmore Ford.
Universal Ford Lincoln and Kaizen Automotive Group are proud partners of The Magic of Christmas, and together we look forward to bringing even more cheer to families and individuals in need over the holidays. Thank you for your support, Calgary