The holidays are a time for giving, spreading cheer and sharing our Stampede spirit with the community! When West Jet reached out to the Calgary Stampede to participate in their coast-to-coast 12,000 mini miracles in 24 hours quest, we leapt at the chance to help make Christmas just a little more merry for some Calgary seniors.


On Wednesday, December 9, more than 70 Stampede volunteers and employees donned cowboy hats, blue Santa hats (courtesy of WestJet) and cowboy boots to bake, package and hand-deliver 2,500 cookies on the Stampede Trolleys to nine local retirement care facilities participating in the Happy Trail program.

1,250 chocolate chip 1,250 cranberry shortbread were baked with love under the watchful eye of executive sous chef, Will Kwong
1,250 chocolate chip and 1,250 cranberry shortbread were baked with love under the watchful eye of executive sous chef, Will Kwong

#StampedeChristmas might be a big hit locally, but #MiniMiracleDay and #WestJetChristmas is trending all across London, England; New York City; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Las Vegas and Hawaii!

Two, by two, one of each cookie was wrapped up in a great red bow before being delivered across the city
Two, by two, one of each cookie was wrapped and tied up with a great red bow before being delivered across the city

The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear…from aboard the Stampede trolley! Pictured: (front) Kate Thrasher, Calgary Stampede board member and Stampede employee, Shirley Voth
The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear…from aboard the Stampede trolley! Pictured: (front) Kate Thrasher, Calgary Stampede board member and (back) Stampede employee, Shirley Voth

We spent the morning singing carols, listening to stories about Christmas past and making new memories all across the city…our miracle was 80 km long!

Pictured: Stampede volunteers and employees taking time to admire the scenery outside one of the care facilities
Pictured: Stampede volunteers and employees taking time to admire the scenery outside one of the care facilities

This was a wonderful opportunity for Stampede volunteers and employees to embody WestJet’s belief that a simple act of kindness is what miracles are all about.

Pictured: (L) Kathryn Konoff, Stampede employee, and John, community member; (R) Stampede Princess Bailee, a Chartwell Royal Park resident and Stampede Princess Chelsey
Pictured: (L) Kathryn Konoff, Stampede employee, and John, care facility member; (R) Stampede Princess Bailee, a Chartwell Royal Park resident and Stampede Princess Chelsey