The holiday period is often a time when our clients are most in need.
Here are a few ways you can support Family Centre’s client families in need during the holidays:
Adopt a Family Programme
Families in significant financial need who are either active participants in our Counselling services or in our Community Outreach programmes (Youth Leadership Academy and Beyond Rugby) are flagged for support during the holiday season. Their family needs as well as their children’s holiday wishes are identified and shared with an individual, family, or company donor. Donors who adopt a family will often provide a combination of the following: vouchers for different stores (Marketplace, Gibbon’s, Boyle’s, Brown and Co/Phoenix, etc. ), food hampers with everyday non-perishable food items, toys, clothing, a voucher for a Christmas meal and/or a Christmas tree with decorations. The donor completely decides the make-up of the family they wish to adopt and how they would like to give.
Purchase of Grocery, BELCO and/or Gibbons Company Vouchers to support families all year round
The types of vouchers listed above are always welcome to place in our stock for the year as well as to give out to families in need during the holiday season. Staff who are aware of a client family’s financial needs follow the proper protocols for assessing how Family Centre can help, and apply for vouchers to help support a family through a crisis situation at any time of the year.
Family Centre’s 2021 Holiday Season Wish List
|Arts and Crafts Supplies Bundle|
(For use during counselling child and family sessions, counselling groups, therapeutic camps, and Youth Leadership Academy activities with youth and families)
|Crayola washable markers
Arts and Craft project supplies
Paints and brushes
Project poster boards
Stationary supplies for adolescents (glue sticks, Elmer’s glue, regular scissors, rulers)
|Therapeutic Play Activities Bundle|
(For use with children and youth participating in counselling services and Youth Leadership Academy activities)
|Dress up supplies
Foldable multi game table (tennis table, air hockey)
Portable football nets
Board games for children between the ages of 4-18 years old
Racially and ethnically diverse dolls and barbies
Outdoor canopy tents for shade in the garden
|Sensory Supplies Bundle|
(For use with children who are in counselling services and have sensory challenges)
Bean bags that can be wiped down
See below for some additional ideas of items you can support us, and our families, with over the holiday season.
Client Family Needs:
Some donors collect items for creating food hampers that are dropped off to Family Centre for distribution to families in significant financial need who are either active participants in our counselling services or in our community outreach programmes (Youth Leadership Academy and Beyond Rugby). Sometimes the hampers are supplemented with a grocery voucher for purchase of perishable items that cannot be in the hampers.
Some donors have supported families in need through purchase of very specific items such as: Christmas meals from Wilks Catering or Marketplace and/or purchase of a Christmas tree, lights and ornaments.
Family Centre Service Needs:
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