As the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family comes to an end, Our Kids Network is releasing personal stories of three unique Halton families. Their experiences highlight how families in Halton are meeting everyday challenges while also addressing the question of what makes a family.
Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations and agencies serving children and youth. Director Elena DiBattista says that profiling the lives of these three families has already had an impact. “We knew we would learn things about their experiences in the community, and we know the power of a personal story,” she says. “These families are not just ‘numbers’ served by community agencies, they are our neighbours and friends.”
Each family has been through its own struggles and each has found ways to find help and push through to positive outcomes. Our Kids Network has produced a video of interviews of the three families, hosted by Bob Cowan of CHCH Hamilton. The video can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/13yRqi1
Milton pop-up shop to provide free winter clothing for kids in need
Nelson the Giant’s third annual kids’ winter clothing drive is partnering with Shoeless Joe’s restaurant and other Milton groups to set up a free pop-up shop for families in need on December 10th, 11th and 17th.
Milton Area Female Entrepreneurs, Milton Mompreneurs, Our Kids Milton Hub and the Halton Region Health Department will all participate in the town’s first pop-up shop, which will be located at Our Lady of Victory Elementary School.
Nelson the Giant is the fictional titular character from the story-song created by Milton anti-bullying activist and co-founder of Friends for Harmony, Sandy Gemmill.
Families can come in and “shop” for free items for kids in need. None of the items have a price tag; it’s all for the sake of families who can’t afford to purchase winter clothes for their children.
The clothing drive will also accept canned food donations, which will be given to the Milton Salvation Army Food Bank.
The shop will be open on December 10th, 11th and 17th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
For more information on the pop-up shop and clothing drive, visit www.facebook.com/NELSONTHEGIANT.