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Thank you for making the 2020 Tree of Hope the best in a hundred years despite the Pandemic

The 2020 Tree of Hope Holiday Appeal reached a hundred-year milestone despite the COVID-19 Pandemic. The campaign, run by Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, is Southeastern Ontario’s oldest holiday appeal. As of December 16, the Tree of Hope is reporting it has raised $170,000 – more than twice last year's total. Due to COVID-19, for the first time in a hundred years the Tree of Hope did not collect toys but instead issued gift cards to families. It also purchased and delivered special items like beds and baby gear and bought winter clothing for more than 100 children. The 2020 Tree of Hope helped almost 750 kids, including 30 babies. Overall, the age of recipients was noticeably younger than last year. Those under the age of eight represented more than 50 percent of all referrals, compared to 40 percent in 2019. Just over half of all kids served lived in Kingston. Of those outside Kingston, one in four was from Napanee. The money not spent on the campaign will fund support programs year-round including purchasing beds and bedding, baby cribs and strollers, clothing, sports and recreation and more. The bulk will go to the Agency’s Summer Camp program which sends some of the same children helped by the Tree of Hope to camp come July. As well, for the first time, Tree of Hope funding will support the Agency’s START program, which provides in-school, in-class tutors to help kids with their education. START finished its two-year pilot project last year to great success. 


We need your all year-round to help the kids and families we serve. 
The Tree of Hope has been helping kids and families served by our Children’s Aid Society for more than a hundred years. That help lasts all your round. The funds we raise during the holiday season ever December fuel our charitable programs throughout the entire year. And it’s not just toys and winter clothing. The Tree of Hope supports a number of initiatives from summer camp to in-school tutoring to post-secondary bursaries. Keep the spirit of Christmas alive by making a donation right now to one of our programs. Thank you!

How you can help right now
Make a donation with a credit card. Select what you want to support by clicking on one of the options below. All of these options will help the kids and families we serve. 

Tree of Hope Fund
Help us support families year-round with the things they need and during the holiday season with toys, winter clothing and more. 

START In-School Tutoring
Help kids learn at school with our START tutoring program.

Post-Secondary Bursaries
Send youth to college and university.

Summer Camp
Send kids to Summer Camp or fund alternatives at home.

Other ways to help
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. Mail it to: DONATIONS. Family and Children’s Services. 817 Division Street, Kingston, Ontario K7K 4C2.

VISIT US. You can drop off money or cheques. YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to deliver them. Use the web email form below to arrange a time. With an appointment you can visit us our Kingston office in 817 Division Street or in Napanee at 99 Advance Avenue. 

Donation Tools
DOWNLOAD A DONATION FORM. You'll need it if you're donating money or a cheque. D3-C TOH18-FORMFILL

DONATE SECURTIES. Just click here to go to our partner Canada Help’s securities gift site

CONTACT the Tree of Hope

The Tree of Hope operates year-round. We're always here to talk to you. Use this form to contact us. We'll get back to you as soon as we can. 

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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