Family and Children's Services
Services à la famille et à l'enfance

You’re invited to our official tree dedication for the Tree of Hope

We want you to be a part of some very special events the weekend of November 25/26 – the dedication of our two new Trees of Hope. The Tree of Hope is our annual holiday appeal for the kids we serve and it’s one of the oldest campaigns in Southeastern Ontario. But, despite the name, we’ve never had an official “Tree of Hope”. That’s why we’re inviting you and your family to a special event to dedicate new young trees at our Kingston and Napanee offices. We’re getting ready to help 900 kids with toys, clothing, food and more this year. Can your family help one of the families we serve?

Our tree dedication events are the perfect opportunity to bring a toy or donate some money to the Tree of Hope.

  • Bring a new unwrapped toy. We need gifts for kids of all ages, but especially those 1-8 years old. If you want a tax receipt, download a donation form below and bring it.
  • Make a donation. We need money as much as we need toys. We’ll use it to buy gift cards for teens and families who need more than toys. Or make a donation online below. 




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99 Advance Avenue

Be the Reason for the Season in 2017


We’ve been giving hope to kids for more than 100 years. We’re a Children’s Aid Society and the families we serve need help, especially over the Holiday Season. Last year, we delivered toys, food, clothing, household items and more to more than 800 kids across Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

December is coming. It’ll be here faster than you think. No matter how you celebrate the Holiday Season – through faith, tradition, time-off with the family or just having fun – there is no better way to make a difference than to help one of the kids served by the Tree of Hope. Be the Reason for the Season. Help us put something special under the Tree of Hope this year.


We have names of kids who need toys, clothing and more. Call us to ask for one or more than one. Then go buy them and AFTER NOVEMBER 20 deliver them to our Distribution Centre in Napanee or Kingston. Fill out a form if you want a tax receipt. use one of our cards to include a note.  RUN YOUR OWN CAMPAIGN
Hold an event. At work, school, church or wherever. Raise money for the Tree of Hope. Or collect toys. Contact us first before you begin.

The needs of our families vary. We need money to help make up the shortfalls we have in toy donations. Please give. See the donation information below. 

We have a number of campaign sponsorships for businesses. See below for more information.


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2016 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. 


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First Donation


Tax receipts

Charitable tax receipts will be issued early in 2017 and will be sent by mail. 

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.