On Oct. 18, two Delia High School students went to Calgary to deliver money and supplies to the Children's Cottage Crisis Nursery.
Erin Bergman and Jay Lavallee organized the fundraising and distribution of the money and supplies as their submission to Prairie Land School Division's Inclusivity Project contest.
After touring the Crisis Nursery, Bergman said they went to a special homeless shelter.
"We went to Brenda's House, which is also under the Children's Cottage. It's for families that are homeless. We got a tour, a couple of interviews, some historical background. And, we got to help with lunch."
Brenda's House is a long-term shelter that can care for to 14 families at a time. In 2016, they helped 60 families (including 137 children) get back on their feet with job support and homework help, in addition to providing a safe place to sleep.
The students learned a valuable lesson from their trip to Calgary.
"It was really meaningful and we figured out and learned that a little goes a long way," admitted Bergman. "They were so thankful just for our volunteer hours."
The combined sum of their efforts was more than $1,000, said Bergman.
"We raised $1,135 and then $750 went to the Children's Cottage as cash to be used as they need it. We spent the other $375 on items that weren't necessarily donated."
Some of that money was spent on diapers, a much-needed supply at the Crisis Nursery.
Although the fundraiser and visit to the Children's Cottage wasn't about winning the Inclusivity Project, Bergman's group has made it to the final stage of the competition.
"Yesterday, we got an email and they picked the top four out of fourteen teams, and luckily enough, we were one of the four."
The top four groups will present to a group of judges on Oct. 23 at J.C. Charyk School. The winning team will get a two-week cultural immersion trip to Abu Dhabi, including classes and cultural experiences and tours.