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Thank You

for considering children, youth and families in need this holiday season

Seasonal Program 2014

Thank you for considering the children, youth and families in need this holiday season! The Halton Children’s Aid Society (Halton CAS) assists children/youth who have experienced abuse, neglect or family trauma. Often their families have limited resources, or are challenged in other ways, and are unable to provide gifts, food or other basic needs over the winter and holiday season. With support from the community, our goal is to enhance the quality of the holiday season by providing the necessities and gifts to the children, youth and families we serve in the Halton Region.

Listed below (in order of greatest need) are a number of ways you can provide support. Please review and let us know your preference. Remember, whatever method of support you choose, it is greatly appreciated!

Financial Donations Made to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton

Funds received during the holidays are used to provide children and youth in care of the Halton CAS with traditional celebrations (three seasonal parties for all ages) that include gift exchanges. With these funds we can also ensure the families we serve in the community have access to food and warm clothing throughout the winter.

Celebrating at this time of year is important, but the reality is that our needs are much greater than exchanging gifts and eating treats. Providing life-changing educational and recreational programs for all children and youth in care is our absolute priority and funding these programs is our greatest challenge. Consider making a contribution that could positively change the direction of a young person’s life by sponsoring one of the many programs we fund to help children and youth discover their strengths and reach their potential—what a precious gift!

If you are interested in this option, please contact Tina Blatchford, Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton at 905.635.0707 or tblatchford@haltoncas.ca. For more information about the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton, please check their website at www.cafh.ca.

Gift Cards for Teens

Teens are often the most difficult group to provide gifts for during the holidays. When asked, they expressed the wish to receive gift cards so they can purchase that particular item they have been hoping for. Currently over 75% of our children/youth in care are over the age of 12 so this is one of our greatest needs. May we suggest gift cards for music and electronics stores (e.g., HMV, Best Buy), clothing stores (e.g., Garage, American Eagle), general mall gift certificates, Kernels Popcorn, restaurants (e.g., McDonalds, Tim Hortons), book stores (e.g., Chapters, Indigo), iTunes and movie passes. Gift cards are distributed at our Youth Seasonal Party and throughout the season as the need arises.

Holiday Season Family Gift Card Package

For most of us, the holidays conjure up images of candlelight evenings, gift exchanges and a festive table laden with food surrounded by family and friends. Unfortunately, for the families we serve, who are often living below the poverty line, the holidays can be a bleak and lonely time.

If you would like to assist a family in need, a Family Gift Card Package of food and big box store gift cards would be ideal. Food store gift cards assist families having difficulty making ends meet in providing basic meals for their children/youth while big box gift cards allow them to shop with dignity and choose gifts they desire for their family. To purchase ‘the best gift ever’ for their child/youth is something we hope to be able to offer our clients.

To keep Family Gift Card Packages equitable for all families, we suggest $25 per person for food and approximately $50 – $75 for one to two gifts for each member of the family. Remember, these are just suggestions; anything you are able to offer is very much appreciated. If you choose this option, we will let you know how many members are in each family and the ages/genders of all members. The Family Gift Card Package ensures those families not receiving assistance from other community resources are able to celebrate the season.

Comfort Kits/New Clothing/Pajamas (all ages)

Often when a child/youth is brought into care, they may come with limited personal belongings or possessions. You can help bring them a warm welcome by sponsoring a comfort kit. Emergency winter clothing is always needed to get through those first few days. Coats, hats, mittens, gloves, boots, socks, underwear, scarves and pajamas (all ages and sizes) will be put to good use. If this option appeals to you, we can provide a comprehensive list of suggestions for comfort kits.

Sponsoring a Youth Living Independently

The Halton CAS provides Lifestart Kits for our youth in care who are move out of foster/group homes into indpendent living. Ordinarily, a parent might support their child/youth by purchasing necessary items for setting up a home such as bed linens, cleaning supplies, toiletries and pots and pans for their first meal in their new home. Our youth don’t always have a parent to support them—this is where we need your support. If you are interested in this option, we can provide a list of suggestions.

Infant Layettes

The Halton CAS works closely with the Vanier Centre for Women and other correctional facilities. We often need clothing and essentials for newborns (ages 0 to six months). Items donated are sorted into ‘layettes’ that include a hat, a small stuffed toy, a blanket, an undershirt, a sleeper, a jacket and booties.

Important Information and Dates

  • All seasonal donations must be NEW and UNWRAPPED.
  • Donations for Family Gift Card Packages must be received at our office no later than December 8th to allow workers time to deliver them to families.
  • General donations must be received at our office no later than December 12th to allow time to wrap and prepare the gifts for the seasonal parties. Note: early donations are greatly appreciated!
  • The Halton CAS is located at 1445 Norjohn Court, Unit 1 in Burlington, which is south of Mainway between Burloak Drive and Appleby Line. For confidentiality purposes, all gifts are delivered to the family by their worker.
  • If you would like a Charitable Tax Receipt for your donations, please keep your original receipts and submit to us when you drop off your gifts.
  • For all gift card donations, please clearly write the value on the back or front of the card.
  • There are many ways to make assisting children, youth and families a fun and rewarding experience for you, your friends, neighbors, co-workers and family during the holiday season.

For more information, please contact:

Lindsay Cook, Team Assistant/Seasonal Support

lcook@haltoncas.ca

905.333.4441, ext. 5255

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Contact Us

Burlington Office 1445 Norjohn Court Burlington, ON L7L 0E6
Milton Office 325 Main Street East Milton, ON L9T 1P5
Toll Free: 866.607.KIDS (5437) Phone: 905.333.4441 Fax: 905.333.1844 TTY: 711 (TTY to Voice)
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