RELEASE — The annual holiday appeal of Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington has reached a new historic milestone. The 2018 Tree of Hope campaign has wrapped up after helping nearly 850 kids and raising $60,000.
“We’re completely blow away with the response to this year’s Tree of Hope. We asked for support for the kids we serve, and we got it. There was an unprecedented level of support across Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington,” said Steve Woodman, Executive Director of Family and Children’s Services.
The campaign helped nearly 850 kids served by the Children’s Aid Society with toys, clothing and more. Half were under the age of nine, including 50 infants. Another forty percent were between nine and 17. About a third of those helped were outside of Kingston, including 75 from Napanee alone.
This year’s campaign money goal was $40,000, but in the last week donations poured in to put the Tree of Hope just over $60,000 – a new historic record and better than last year’s record high of $50,000.
“This extra money is going to allow us to help these very same kids year-round. We’re going to set up a process to go back to see if we can do more to help these families in January. Any money leftover will go to help send kids to summer camp come July,” said Woodman.
The Tree of Hope was run by a team of 12 volunteers and staff and supported by more than 400 donors.
“We’ve been helping kids every time this year for a hundred years. We want to thank all of our donors and everyone in the community for their help this year. The holiday spirit is truly alive in KFL&A,” said Woodman.
Donors can still give online till the end of January at HelpTreeofHope.ca.
Video of live announcement streamed on Facebook: