The 2017 Tree of Hope holiday appeal had its most successful year in over a century, according to Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
The annual campaign raised a record amount of money and helped 825 of the agency’s clients with toys, clothing, food and other items needed over the holiday season.
“This has been one of the best Tree of Hope campaigns ever and it’s all thanks to the generosity of this community,” said Steve Woodman, Executive Director, in a release. “We’ve been helping our clients over the holiday season almost since we started in 1894. It’s nice to know that this year we’ve given more help than ever before.”
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Compared to 2016, the number of children and teens increased, the number of adults decreased, and the number of babies under the age of one remained the same. Almost half of those helped by the campaign were between one and eight years old.
Family and Children’s Services said a third of its clients helped by the Tree of Hope were from outside of Kingston, including more than 100 in nearby Napanee.
In the campaign’s closing week, its $25,000 goal was surpassed with over $30,000 be raised and the number of sponsors this year (people who took names of children and bought gifts for them) increased more than 30 percent.
Almost two dozen volunteers and agency staff worked on the Tree of Hope, including many evenings and weekends in the final days of the campaign.
“We want to thank everyone who worked on the Tree of Hope this year, those who supported it and those who followed the campaign on social media. This was a team effort,” said Woodman.
Online donations to the Tree of Hope continue up to December 31st.
For more information about the Campaign, visit: www.HelpTreeofHope.ca.
Image source: Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington