GIVING BACK - Matix Lacosse

Sylvan Lake youth gives back to family in need

Matix Lacosse, 6, and his grandmother, Julie Fraser, are collecting food and everyday items for a local family

One local youth learned an important lesson last winter and is putting what he learned into affect full force this holiday season.

Last October, six year old Matix Lacosse, learned that not all families have the same advantages as him in life.

Together with his grandmother, Julie Fraser, Matix vowed to raise as much food as he could for a family in need and launched ‘Matix Scares Hunger’ on Halloween. This year, Matix was unable to trick or treat with his gramma but still remembered what he had learned. He asked if he could continue what they had done last year but this time for Christmas.

His grandmother explained he asked her if they could help in any other ways this year. From the youngsters desire to help those around him, the duo decided to sponsor a local mom whose daughter is sick. Julie explained they were introduced to the family through a Facebook group. She had noticed a post asking for help with a little girl’s birthday party. Together she and Matix volunteered to bake a cake for the party creating a stunning Elsa inspired masterpiece.

This winter Matix has vowed that each time he visits with gramma he will go door-to-door collecting donations for his sponsor family as often as they can. Together he and his grandmother have bundled a bulk of supplies for the local family they’ve pledged to support including food, household necessities and toiletries. Matix received $185 in cash donations which they used to purchase every day items for the family.

“He didn’t understand that some people don’t have lots of food and treats,” explained Matix’s grandmother, Julie, with Matix adding, “But now I do” with a smile on his face.

Matix explained that his neighbourhood of Hampton Pointe doesn’t have very many residents in their area as it’s newer but the people who do donate give them ‘lots of food’. He added he is thankful for what he has in life and is sad when he sees other kids don’t have the same things he does and wants to help in any way he can.

“We wanted him to know the value of what he has,” explained Julie with Matix adding, “This year we get to give even more we even got some of my favourite soup to share.”

The pair added it’s been amazing to be able to do the collection together. They hope to be able to deliver what they have collected this week, however if individuals are wishing to support their cause they may contact Julie Fraser at 403 304 2765.


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