Children’s Services Holiday Appeal Urgently Needs Your Help

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Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington has issued the following important update from its Tree of Hope campaign:

Our holiday appeal urgently needs your help

The Tree of Hope needs your support. We’re on track to help 900 of the kids we serve with toys, clothing and food, but the campaign is facing two major challenges RIGHT NOW.

FIRST, we’re short on donations of money.

We’re at about half of the money we had raised at this time last year. We need money to run the campaign and especially fill the gaps of the toys and gifts we receive.

For example, there’s a family who’ve just found a place to live after being homeless. We’re helping them get started on the holidays by buying bedding and household items.

We know how generous the community is and we’re optimistic that the money will come but if you’re considering donating money to the campaign we’d ask you to please donate soon and to be as generous as you can this year. A lot of the kids and families we serve are counting on it. You can make a donation online with a credit card right now by clicking here.

SECOND, we need sponsors to help large sibling groups.

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We’re at 575 referrals on our way to 900. Currently, we have sponsors for 75 percent of the kids in our system. The one major gap is large sibling groups – we have 25 sibling groups that need sponsors right now.

Here’s just two examples:

  • Sibling group of 4 children ages 5, 7, 9 and 11. Wish list items: Spiderman, trucks, Hatchimals, colouring books, baby dolls and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.
  • Sibling group of 3 children ages 4, 6 and 10. Wish list items: Paw Patrol, art supplies, PJ’s, Disney items and My Little Pony.

You can get more information about sponsoring a child at our website.

December has begun. The clock is ticking. We have more than a dozen volunteers and many more staff working on bringing Hope to hundreds of families this holiday season. Can we count on you?

Thank you for support.


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