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Tree of Hope raising money, toys for needy families

Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is launching the Tree of Hope campaign – its annual Christmas appeal since it was created in 1895.

For more than 100 years, the community agency has been helping children and families in need during the holiday season. The 2013 campaign will collect toys and raise money to buy gifts and fund year-round activities for children and youth.

“We’ve been helping needy families at Christmas for a long time. Each year, we ask the public to help some of our families with toys or donations. We’ve never been disappointed,” said Steve Woodman, Executive Director.

Last year, the campaign distributed gifts and stockings to more than 680 children in Frontenac and Lennox and Addington. More than 70 youth in care, who sometimes do not have families to provide presents for them, received non-perishable food items and gifts. The campaign also sponsored 30 families who otherwise would not have a Christmas dinner or gifts.

To donate, people can drop off unwrapped gifts or gift cards for children up to the age of 18 at either the Agency’s 99 Advance Avenue location in Napanee or the 817 Division Street location in Kingston. They can also go online to the campaign’s catalogue to choose where their donation will go – Christmas gifts, university education, year-round activities, summer camp and more.

“We really need help with Christmas presents for youth 12 and older. We usually get a lot of toys and gift cards for younger kids, but we sometimes fall short for gifts for teenagers,” said Woodman. “If you can help this year, please consider a present for a teen.”

The Agency created a new video featuring two staff members explaining how the Tree of Hope helps families in need. It’s available at the campaign website –  www.helptreeofhope.ca. For more information, people can also go to the campaign website or call 613-545-3227 ext. 4120.

Woodman says the Agency and its clients are grateful for the support they receive every year.

“I want to thank your family for helping one of our families this Christmas. Your donation is very much appreciated.”




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