So far this season, nearly 600 local children served by the Children’s Aid Society have been matched with gift donors from the community.
The Tree of Hope campaign, which has entered its final three weeks, has also raised $10,000 to help bring Christmas to kids who need it the most.
With more referrals arriving every day, Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is predicting close to 800-900 kids will be matched by December 16th and hope to also reach its monetary goal of $15,000 by December 31st.
What the agency needs now is toy donations – asking interested people to contact them first so they can match you with one of the children they serve.
Donations are also welcome and can easily be made online with a credit card. Your money will be used to help buy things needed for Christmas, and any left over funds will go towards helping these same children go to summer camp in July.
You can find all the information for donating or gifting a child at their Tree of Hope webpage.
Christmas Centres will run until December 19, 2016 and they can be contacted at (613) 545-3227 Ext. 3324
In a release, Family and Children’s Services shared the following story from the frontlines:
We had one little girl, age 3, make a special request for Christmas. She didn’t want toys or clothes. She asked for baking supplies.
She loves to bake, especially with her family.
She thought the best present this year would be baking supplies, including matching aprons, so that her family could bake some yummy Christmas treats together. And then, of course, eat them.
We matched her with a donor who’s going to make that happen.
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