Tree of Hope

Tree of Hope in Kingston vandalized

Dec 4, 2018, 14:00 PM by John Suart
Local electrical company fixing it for free
Local electrical company fixed it for free

The namesake of the 100-year-old Tree of Hope holiday appeal in Kingston has been vandalized. Officials at Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington noticed Tuesday that the power supply and wiring of their tree in Kingston was damaged. A closer inspection found they had been purposely vandalized. 

The tree was named “Hope” in a contest a year ago and is the symbol of the holiday appeal along with it’s Napanee counterpart, which is named “Charity”. “Hope” was lit in a special night ceremony November 14 and was due to remain lit until January.

Boyd Electric of Kingston agreed to fix the damage and re-wire the tree for free. The tree was back in operation Tuesday evening. 

The Tree of Hope is the annual holiday appeal of Family and Children's Services, a Children’s Aid Society. It is on track to provide 900 kids with toys, clothing and more for December 25th. More information about the campaign can be found online at www.HelpTreeofHope.ca 

Tree vandal

WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW

The Tree of Hope needs money. The Tree of Hope has met its toy target for 2018. What the campaign needs are donations of money to reach its $40,000 target by the time the campaign ends December 19. So, we’ve closed sponsorships and are asking people like you to consider a donation with a credit card online, by cheque or in-person with debit/credit. All the details on how to donate are below.

Tree of Hope Saturday December 15

We’re holding our first ever Tree of Hope Saturday on December 15. If you have gifts to drop off for the kids you’re sponsoring or want to make a cash donation then drop by our Kingston office at 817 Division Street between 9:00AM and 1:00PM. We’ll have our Tree of Hope staff working hard to process hundreds of gift bags. Bring your cheque, cash or credit/debit to make a donation. And while you’re visiting us come talk about Fostering. We’ll have a Foster Drop-in between 9:00AM and 10:30AM. We need foster homes for teens. Even if you don’t have a donation for the Tree of Hope come on down to talk to our recruiters. We know you have questions about Fostering. We’ll have the answers.

We need your help

We’re your Children’s Aid Society and we protect children from abuse and neglect. For more than 100 years we’ve been putting toys, food, clothing and more under the tree for the kids we serve. Last year, the Tree of Hope helped more than 850 kids from across Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. This holiday season, can your family, organization or business help one of the families served by the Tree of Hope? The holiday season is a time for celebration. For some it is about faith. For others, it is family, friends or work colleagues. But for the families we serve, it is different. When you’re buying toys for your kids, they’re looking at empty stockings. When you’re preparing a feast, they’re worried they won’t have enough to eat. When you’re giving thanks for everything you have, they’re wondering how they will cope. Your donation to the Tree of Hope will give them the Holiday Spirit they need and deserve. 

How you can help

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

You can make an online donation and receive an instant charitable tax receipt.

Donate online

Mail Us a Cheque

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

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

Drop In, Pay by Cash, Cheque, Credit or Debit

Come to one of our two storefronts between November 14 and December 15. Don’t forget to download our Donation Form, fill it out and bring it with you.

Kingston Distibution Centre
817 Division Street
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
or by appointment.

Napanee Distibution Centre
99 Advance Avenue
Tuesday 10:00am to 12:00pm and Thursday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
or by appointment. Note: No Debit or Credit at this location.

Get your business/organization involved

There are several ways you can help, from taking money at your cash register to holding a special fundraising event. Read our Guide on starting your own campaign. 

 


Rapport Credit Union

Rapport Credit Union

Thanks to our 2018 Campaign Sponsor – Rapport Credit Union.

Please join us in thanking them for their support.

http://www.rapportcu.ca


Contact Us at Tree of Hope

NOTE: We've closed sponsorship opportunities for kids and families. We're aksing donors to donate money instead. Details are on the web page to your left. Thank you. Questions? Use the form below to contact us. 

 

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How to Get Started

Gift Giving Guide

Everything you need to know about buying a gift for a child, packaging it up and delivering it.

Download the Gift Giving Guide

Teacher's Guide

Give your students a wonderful lesson in civics and community with the Tree of Hope.

Download the Teacher's Guide

Parent's Guide

Let us help you teach your kids that Giving is better than Getting. Get them involved in the Tree of Hope.

Download the Parent's Guide

Start Your Own Campaign

Create your own Tree of Hope team at your workplace, church, organization or family.

Start Your Team

Donation Forms

Download one of our donation forms for your gift or monetary donation. Charitable tax receipts are provided for your donation.

Toys & Gifts Form Money Form

Important Note

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.  The money we raise from the Tree of Hope will go towards buying toys, cribs, and other items our families need over the holiday season and to manage the campaign. Any money left over will be sent to our Summer Camp program, which sends some of the same kids helped by the Tree of Hope to summer camps across our two counties. We will issue tax receipts for donations of over $20.00. You can expect these receipts to arrive in February. For gifts given online, charitable tax receipts will be issued by email. 

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