Tree of Hope meets Christmas target
857 people from Kingston to Northbook given food, toys, clothing and more
The Tree of Hope Christmas appeal has met its 2016 targets. The annual campaign by Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington gave food, toys, clothing and more to 857 people.
One of the oldest Christmas appeals in Southeastern Ontario, the Tree of Hope helps clients of the Children’s Aid Society. This year saw an increase in the number of recipients outside of Kingston. Sixty-five percent of gifts went to kids in Kingston, but that was significantly less than last year. The campaign delivered to almost every major town in Frontenac and Lennox and Addington, including Napanee, Northbrook, Odessa, Sharbot Lake, Iverary, Yarker and Amherstview. Half of all gifts went to children under the age of 9. Those 9 to 17 received 33 percent. The rest were given to those over 18, mostly moms, dads and caregivers of kids receiving toys. The number of older teens and adults rose sharply in 2016 compared to last year, rising nearly 40 percent.
Overall, there were more than 200 individual and group gift donors, some giving just a single gift and others giving as many as 100 gifts. It is estimated that the Tree of Hope generates more than $40,000 in gift sales, mostly toy donations, for the local economy every year.
The Tree of Hope will continue to help kids in need long after Christmas. Any money left over from the campaign will be used to send the same kids to summer camp in July.
The campaign was supported by a team of 12 volunteers as well as Family and Children’s Services staff. They started work in October and were working round the clock in the last week to complete the campaign.
Donations of money are still needed. People can still donate online with a credit card.
Charitable tax receipts will be issued early in 2017 and will be sent by mail.
TOYS AND OTHER GIFTS
We welcome all donations of new toys, clothes and other items we receive from the public for the Tree of Hope. To qualify for a charitable tax receipt, we follow these rules.
- We issue tax receipts for gifts with a fair market value of $20.00 or more.
- An agency donation tracking form will need to be completed and submitted with your gift, providing your name, address and phone number. This information is required for mailing the charitable receipt and to contact you if we have any questions.
- Itemized receipts from the store(s) where the gifts were purchased need to be attached to the donation form in order to accurately produce the charitable receipt.
- To facilitate the appropriate distribution of donated items, please ensure the gifts are unwrapped or in a gift bag.
Gifts of money – by credit card, cheque or cash – will be receipted for $20.00 or more.
- Dropped off/Mailed. Donations of money dropped off at our offices will need to be accompanied by the agency’s donation tracking form. As described above, this form includes your name, address and phone number and is used for mailing the charitable receipt and to contact you if we have any questions
- Online. We offer 24/7 online donations through our fundraising catalogue. All you need is a credit card.
We take the privacy of the children and families we serve very seriously. We cannot identify any of the children or families that benefit from the Tree of Hope. This also makes it difficult for us to honour requests for feedback from kids who received your donations of toys. Thank you for understanding.
How we use donated money
The money we raise from the Tree of Hope will primarily go towards Christmas. We’ll use it to buy toys, cribs, and other items our families need over the holiday season. Any money left over will be sent to our Summer Camp program, which sends some of the kids we serve to summer camps across our two counties. More information about how we spend charitable dollars can be found at our listing at the Canada Revenue Agency. Our Charitable Giving Number is 11901 3332 RR 0001.