Holiday Support Program*
This time last year, we were looking ahead with a lot of uncertainty and unsure of what the holidays would look like. But now? It feels more hopeful, people are planning small gatherings, and some traditions will resume.
Through gifts to the Holiday Support program, you can brighten the holidays for children and youth in Waterloo Region, letting them know that someone they have never even met, cares about them. That caring and the kindness shown by a stranger are gifts that give hope beyond the holiday season.
For many of the families we serve, the pandemic intensified the issues they face, most notably, social isolation and financial hardship. These are also leading risk factors for child maltreatment. It is why we remain committed to building resilience and capacity in the children, youth and families we serve and in the broader community.
The economic impact of the pandemic and the restrictions have presented real hardship to the most vulnerable in our communities and are having a profound impact on the families we work with. We aim to meet the greatest need, but the needs are growing. We need your support to fill those widening gaps and help children, youth, and families move forward.
That is perhaps the biggest lesson from the last year - we really need to be there for each other. Not just during hard times, but all the time. And the holidays are a time when you can be there for families in our community.
Here’s how you can make a difference this holiday season:
- Donate directly to the Holiday Support program through our online gift catalogue. Your gift will ensure that the magic of the season continues for children, youth, and families.
- Shop the Gift of Hope Catalogue which includes a wide variety of items for giving.
- Give a cash donation to ensure that the programs and services families need are available year-round. These can include providing a child with the opportunity to go to summer camp or supporting resilience-building arts and music programming. Our focus remains on the prevention of child neglect and abuse and these programs are key upstream investments in both the wellbeing of children, youth, and families, and our community.
- We are accepting very limited in-kind items and only those items from our Wishlist. These are the items that families tell us are most needed.
If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event at work or with extended family or a large group of any kind, please contact Crystal Raymond, Events and Community Awareness Coordinator.
* Formerly know as Adopt-a-Family