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The Tree of Hope begins 2016 campaign

Published by John Suart on Nov 03, 2016
One of the oldest Christmas  appeals in Southeastern Ontario.
Expected to help 900 kids in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
 

The 2016 Tree of Hope Christmas appeal is underway. One of the oldest Christmas appeals in Southeastern Ontario, the campaign is expected to help 900 kids in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington with toys, food, clothing and other items. The Tree of Hope is the annual Christmas appeal of Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington – a 122 year old Children’s Aid Society. 

“We’re pulling out all the stops again this Christmas to help the kids we serve with the things they need – gifts, clothing, food and more,” said Steve Woodman, Executive Director of Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. “We’re asking for the public’s help to bring Christmas home to kids that need it the most.”

Family and Children’s Services has been holding Christmas appeals almost since the day they started in Kingston in 1894. The Tree of Hope today carries on that legacy by raising money and gifts for the kids it serves, most of who are receiving services in their own homes. 

“For many of the families we serve Christmas is the most difficult time of the year. They need help putting gifts under their Christmas tree or food on the table. That’s where the Tree of Hope comes in. But to do that, we need people to donate gifts and money,” said Woodman.

The Campaign is asking for donations of gifts or money. People can contact the Tree of Hope for the details of a gift for a child in need or they can make a donation by cheque or credit card. All the details about how to give, what to give and where to give it are online at www.HelpTreeofHope.ca or by calling (613) 545-3227 Ext. 3324. This year, the Campaign will be running two storefronts for the Tree of Hope – one at 817 Division Street in Kingston and the other at 99 Advance Avenue in Napanee. Details are online at the Campaign website. 

The Tree of Hope is also honouring two local community leaders for their outstanding Christmas spirit by naming them Honourary Co-Chairs of the Campaign, along with permanent co-chair, Santa Claus. Dr. Phil Carney, a Psychologist, was named co-chair for his work with the clients of Family and Children’s Services for many years. The Staff of the MacDonald-Cartier Provincial Building in Kingston were named co-chair for their year-round efforts to collect money and toys for the Tree of Hope. 

“Dr. Carney and the Staff of the MacDonald-Cartier Provincial Building in Kingston are people who live the spirit of Christmas all year long. They are examples for the rest of us to follow. We’re so proud to have them be our co-chairs, along with Santa Claus,” said Woodman.