Annual holiday appeal helped more than 725 kids and raised $60,000
The Tree of Hope
, the annual holiday appeal of Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, has roared to a record finish. The 2019 Tree of Hope campaign helped 725 kids and raised $60,000 – the second largest total in the campaign’s more than hundred-year history.
This year’s campaign money goal was $40,000, and just over a week ago there were doubts it could be reached. Since then donations have poured in online, in person and by mail. So many that it actually broke the online giving platform the campaign uses. Online donations were briefly interrupted this past weekend but have since been restored. Nearly 400 people, groups, businesses and churches gave to the Tree of Hope this year. The all-time record for the Tree of Hope was 2018, when nearly $70,000 was raised.
The campaign helped more than 725 kids served by the Children’s Aid Society with toys, clothing and more. Almost half were under the age of nine, including nearly 30 infants. Another forty percent were between nine and 17. About half of those helped were outside of Kingston, including nearly 90 from Napanee alone.
Sonia Gentile, Executive Director of Family and Children’s Services, thanked the community for their support.
“Once again, we asked for the public’s support for the kids and families we serve and once again we received an amazing response. We’re so grateful for all the people who made a donation and for those who followed the campaign day-by-day on social media,” she said.
The extra money the campaign raised will go towards year-round support for the kids the Tree of Hope serves, including summer camp come July.
The Tree of Hope was run by a team of two staff and a dozen volunteers who began working on the campaign in July when it was more than 30 degrees outside and sunny.
Donors can still give online till the end of January at www.HelpTreeofHope.ca