It’s not just a calendar, it’s a way to warm the belly of somebody in need — and it might just win you a prize.
For the second year, Niagara Falls Community Outreach has brought out their lottery calendars to help raise money for the Soup Kitchen.
The calendar includes photos from around Niagara, taken by photographer Christine Hess, and each month gives a chance to win prizes donated by a variety of local businesses.
Elaine Upper, chairwoman of Community Outreach, said this year they printed 800 copies and might be printing more. She said the calendars have received a great community response and that last year nearly 700 calendars were sold.
She said 100 per cent of the proceeds go back to Community Outreach (the Soup Kitchen) and will help feed people in need in the city, plus provide them with common items people need, like toothpaste, soap, razors and water bottles.
The idea for the lottery calendar program was brought forward last year by Laura Beck, a volunteer with Community Outreach.
Calendars are $20 each and can be purchased at the Soup Kitchen, located at 4865 St. Lawrence Ave. in Niagara Falls, or online at nfcommunityoutreach.org/2018-lottery-calendar.
Some calendars will also be on sale at the Gap Outlet in Niagara Falls and at the Optimist Club’s 3rd Annual Holistic Holiday Expo on Nov 25.
The Soup Kitchen serves more than 42,000 meals every year to anybody in need, completely free of charge.
Here’s a list of prizes for the 2018 calendar:
January 26, 2018 — Great Wolf Lodge overnight pass for four, plus food and waterpark passes.
February 23, 2018 — A case of wine from Rush Creek, a gift certificate Mullen Brothers, and an overnight stay at the Four Points Sheraton in Niagara Falls.
March 30, 2018 — Golf for two with Cart Grand Niagara, plus dinner at the Keg.
April 27, 2018 — Dinner for eight at your home by Gooddine Catering, plus a Gales Gas Bar gift card.
May 25, 2018 — Golf for four with a half-hour private lesson at Willowdell Golf Course, Works restaurant gift card, and a gift card to Antica Pizza.
June 29, 2018 — Gift card for Crux Escape Room, three games with four players at Zap Zone Laser Tag, four day passes to the Americana Waterpark, a bluetooth speaker, Gales Gas Bar gift card.
July 27, 2018 — Gift certificate for Caroline Cellars, Buchanans gift card and cookbook, leaf blower from Earthdance Landscape, VIP wine tasting at Chateau des Charmes Winery.
August 24, 2018 — Shellac manicure by Gloss, haircut and style from Salon Thairapy, a Licia’s Boutique Gift Card, a Bravo gift certificate and a VIP tasting experience at The Hare Winery.
September 28, 2018 — 50-minute private ice time at the Gale Centre, a pizza party for up to 30 people by Breakaways (Johnny Roccos).
October 26, 2018 — Morton’s gift certificate and a private cooking lesson for two by Stacie Royds.
November 23, 2018 — Licia’s Boutique gift card, a one-hour massage by Carole Haille-D’Amario RMT, dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
December 28, 2018 — Two first-class VIA Rail passes to Quebec and a pre-paid Mastercard.