The Tree of Hope – one of the oldest holiday appeals in Southeastern Ontario – begins in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington November 20. The campaign is expected to help 900 kids with toys, food, clothing and other items.
The Tree of Hope is the annual Holiday appeal of Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington – a 123 year old Children’s Aid Society. The Agency has been running holiday appeals every December for most of its existence.
“The Tree of Hope is more than just a toy drive. What the families we serve really need at this time of the year is hope. That’s what this campaign is really all about, and that’s what we’re asking people to give. Hope.” said Steve Woodman, Executive Director of Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
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The campaign involves more than two dozen volunteers, nearly the Agency’s entire staff of 200 and more than 400 donors. More donors are needed.
“Every year, the Tree of Hope gets bigger and better. Our need for support is also growing, especially the need for donations of money,” said Woodman.
This year, the campaign will feature two “official” permanent Trees of Hope – young evergreen trees planted outside at the Agency’s 817 Division Street office in Kingston and 99 Advance Avenue office in Napanee. Both will be dedicated in special public evening ceremonies – Saturday, November 25 at 7:00PM at Division Street and Sunday, November 26 at 7:00PM at Advance Avenue.
All are welcome to attend. The Agency is currently running an online contest to name both trees.
All the details about how to give, what to give and where to give it are online at HelpTreeofHope.ca or by calling (613) 545-3227.
Release source: Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington