Mary and Her Kids Celebrate Christmas Every Year, But Last Year They Cancelled It

Published on: 2019/11/21 - in Releases

A message from Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington:

Last year, Mary couldn’t give her kids Christmas. She’s a young single mother with four kids, aged 3 to 12. When the kids were younger and times were better, they observed Christmas every year. But last year everything changed, and the family experienced some very hard times.

She works full-time but she couldn’t keep food on the table or gas in her car. It meant that she had to cancel Christmas. This year, she’s asking the Tree of Hope for help, including toys, personal items, clothing, bedding and more for her kids. She’s also asking for help for her family something to do together, like a dinner and a movie.

The Tree of Hope will do everything it can to give her family the Christmas they want this year. Just like how we support all the kids we serve through the Tree of Hope regardless of how they celebrate the holidays or what they believe in.

[Note: Family and Children’s Services takes privacy very seriously. The mother’s name was changed in this release and in the accompanying video, which features stock images.]

This is just one of the stories we see with the Tree of Hope, our annual holiday appeal. For more than a hundred years in KFLA we’ve been helping kids during the holiday season with toys, clothing, personal and household items, baby gear and more. 900 kids will be counting on us this year. Can we count on you?

Among the ways you can help include:

Sponsor a child

Contact us to get a name of a child or a family (or more than one) and what they need. Buy your presents and deliver them to our offices in Kingston and Napanee for distribution. Give as a family or as an organization or business. There’s no better way to mark the holidays then by giving together with others. Contact us to get a name of a child or family.

Donate money

Your donation by cheque or credit card, by mail or online will give us the flexibility to help each family.

Give online with a credit card

Click to make an online donation and receive an instant charitable tax receipt.


Make a cheque payable to “Family and Children’s Services” and put “Tree of Hope” on the envelope or the memo line. Mail it to:

Family and Children’s Services
817 Division Street, Kingston, Ontario
K7K 4C2


Come to one of our storefronts between November 13 and December 14. NOTE: Debit/Credit is only available at our Kingston location. Don’t forget to download our Donation Form,fill it out and bring it with you.

Learn more at the Family and Children Services FLA website

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