Cilantro and Chive’s Lacombe Guest Chef for September was 12-year-old Londyn Hudson who helped create ‘The Tower of Londyn’.
Two dollars of every burger sold went to her charity of choice, The Broom Tree Foundation.
The Broom Tree Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving women and their families in central Alberta.
The Foundation’s mandate is to maintain an enriched environment focused solely on women in need of support and compassion, empowering them to overcome a variety of obstacles and challenges to achieve their highest potential.
Londyn, knowing her mom faced obstacles in the past without support, wanted to pay it forward to other women in need of help.
“We need places where women can feel safe. A place where they can trust others. A place they can lean on in times of need without judgement. The Broom Tree is a safe landing place for those that need it.”
Thanks to the Burger of the Month Program, Londyn helped staff deliver $1,362 to The Broom Tree Foundation on Oct. 5th.
Meanwhile, the October Burger of the Month in Lacombe is ‘Second Breakfast’, created in collaboration with guest chef Bailee Wigmore.
It includes a Berkshire pork patty, tater tots, sunny fried egg, smashed avocado, smoked maple sambal aioli, beefsteak tomato and shredded iceberg lettuce on a toasted everything bagel.
Two dollars from every Burger sold will go to Bailee’s charity of choice, the Blackfalds FCSS (Family & Community Support Services) Winter Coats for Kids Program.
“Bailee is passionate about supporting kids and is keen to do her part to ensure no young people go without warm winter gear. We’re happy to help her turn over funds early to help make that happen for families in Blackfalds,” noted a release. “Bailee was raised in Blackfalds, has her finger on the pulse of the community and understands the needs, having served in the non-profit sector and most recently in a local school. She points to the Alberta winters and the work of FCSS.”
Bailee said she chose the Coats for Kids program as she feels it is an amazing initiative supporting many families in Blackfalds. “The program aims to provide families in need with the opportunity for their children to choose their own winter coat at Mountain Warehouse free of cost to them.”
As a result of donations like this one and others from the community, Jan Pocock with Blackfalds FCSS said 136 local children and youth will receive a well-fitting, age-appropriate coat to proudly wear this winter.
“When the community works together, we can ensure that all children are warm and valued,” she said. “If you are a Blackfalds resident and would like more information on this program, please call the Blackfalds FCSS office at 403-600-9066.”
To ensure those families and more have the essential winter gear they need for this winter season, Cilantro and Chive staff will help Bailee turn over Burger of the Month proceeds in advance.
“We will provide a top-up with any additional funds raised in early November. You can enjoy Bailee’s ‘Second Breakfast’ Burger at our Lacombe location until close on Oct. 31st.”
Thanks to community support of the Burger of the Month Program, Bailee helped staff deliver $1,500 to Blackfalds FCSS on Oct. 5th.
Thanks to the support staff have seen for the Burger of the Month program month after month, they have had the opportunity to give back more than $110,000 to local charities over the past 69 months.