Donations urgently needed for CCAS's annual Adopt-A-Family program

News Dec 21, 2016 by Cynthia Reason City Centre Mirror

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto is sending out an urgent appeal for donations to its annual Adopt-A-Family program after more than a dozen registered donors dropped out at the last minute.

The Hope for Children Fund program, which has run every Christmas for about 30 years, annually matches 200 of the CCAS’s neediest families anonymously with donors from the community, who then purchase Christmas gifts for the entire family, along with a gift certificate to a major grocery store for a Christmas meal.

That 15 of those donors have suddenly gone MIA this year means the society is now “scrambling” to collect cash donations toward the purchase of gift cards for 15 of its most disadvantaged families this holiday season, said Kara Spedding, manager of fund development for the CCAS.

“These are families that, without this program, would really, honestly have no Christmas at all likely,” Spedding said. “Each of our front line workers are allowed to put through their two neediest cases from their case loads, so you know the families are really in dire need.”

Spedding said that while CCAS is used to a dealing with a handful of absentee donors, this year’s 15 dropouts is triple the number it’s accustomed to accommodating for.

“That’s a pretty high number for us – about three times as many as we usually have, so now we are sort of scrambling to support these families with gift cards, rather than sending people shopping at this late date,” she said.

“What we hope to do is collect cash donations and then purchase gift cards to a grocery store and to Walmart or Toys R Us to make sure that the parents can get a gift for their kids this year. It really isn’t the same as if they were ‘adopted’, but it’s still something for them to provide a nice Christmas for their families.”

The best way to donate, Spedding said, is online at http://bit.ly/2hXjtzr by selecting ‘Christmas Program’ under Designation.

All donors, she added, can be assured their contributions will go a long way toward making this Christmas brighter for needy kids this holiday season.

“As wonderful and wealthy a city as Toronto is, there are thousands of families out there who, through no fault of their own, are really struggling,” Spedding said. “It must be a terrible feeling to be a parent and not be able to go and buy what your child has asked Santa Claus for.”

The biggest message Spedding said the CCAS hears back from the recipients of the Adopt-A-Family program is not that they’re grateful for the gifts themselves, but that they’re so thankful a complete stranger cared enough to go out and buy them something.

“It’s pretty amazing to know that you’re giving our clients – our youth, our families and our children – hope when they weren’t feeling it themselves already,” she said.

“I want people to realize that whatever they can donate, small or large, will give a child in Toronto a special Christmas – and what an incredible gift that is.”

For more information, go to www.hopeforchildren.ca

Donations urgently needed for CCAS's annual Adopt-A-Family program

Last-minute appeal spurred by dropout donors

News Dec 21, 2016 by Cynthia Reason City Centre Mirror

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto is sending out an urgent appeal for donations to its annual Adopt-A-Family program after more than a dozen registered donors dropped out at the last minute.

The Hope for Children Fund program, which has run every Christmas for about 30 years, annually matches 200 of the CCAS’s neediest families anonymously with donors from the community, who then purchase Christmas gifts for the entire family, along with a gift certificate to a major grocery store for a Christmas meal.

That 15 of those donors have suddenly gone MIA this year means the society is now “scrambling” to collect cash donations toward the purchase of gift cards for 15 of its most disadvantaged families this holiday season, said Kara Spedding, manager of fund development for the CCAS.

“These are families that, without this program, would really, honestly have no Christmas at all likely,” Spedding said. “Each of our front line workers are allowed to put through their two neediest cases from their case loads, so you know the families are really in dire need.”

Spedding said that while CCAS is used to a dealing with a handful of absentee donors, this year’s 15 dropouts is triple the number it’s accustomed to accommodating for.

“That’s a pretty high number for us – about three times as many as we usually have, so now we are sort of scrambling to support these families with gift cards, rather than sending people shopping at this late date,” she said.

“What we hope to do is collect cash donations and then purchase gift cards to a grocery store and to Walmart or Toys R Us to make sure that the parents can get a gift for their kids this year. It really isn’t the same as if they were ‘adopted’, but it’s still something for them to provide a nice Christmas for their families.”

The best way to donate, Spedding said, is online at http://bit.ly/2hXjtzr by selecting ‘Christmas Program’ under Designation.

All donors, she added, can be assured their contributions will go a long way toward making this Christmas brighter for needy kids this holiday season.

“As wonderful and wealthy a city as Toronto is, there are thousands of families out there who, through no fault of their own, are really struggling,” Spedding said. “It must be a terrible feeling to be a parent and not be able to go and buy what your child has asked Santa Claus for.”

The biggest message Spedding said the CCAS hears back from the recipients of the Adopt-A-Family program is not that they’re grateful for the gifts themselves, but that they’re so thankful a complete stranger cared enough to go out and buy them something.

“It’s pretty amazing to know that you’re giving our clients – our youth, our families and our children – hope when they weren’t feeling it themselves already,” she said.

“I want people to realize that whatever they can donate, small or large, will give a child in Toronto a special Christmas – and what an incredible gift that is.”

For more information, go to www.hopeforchildren.ca

Donations urgently needed for CCAS's annual Adopt-A-Family program

Last-minute appeal spurred by dropout donors

News Dec 21, 2016 by Cynthia Reason City Centre Mirror

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto is sending out an urgent appeal for donations to its annual Adopt-A-Family program after more than a dozen registered donors dropped out at the last minute.

The Hope for Children Fund program, which has run every Christmas for about 30 years, annually matches 200 of the CCAS’s neediest families anonymously with donors from the community, who then purchase Christmas gifts for the entire family, along with a gift certificate to a major grocery store for a Christmas meal.

That 15 of those donors have suddenly gone MIA this year means the society is now “scrambling” to collect cash donations toward the purchase of gift cards for 15 of its most disadvantaged families this holiday season, said Kara Spedding, manager of fund development for the CCAS.

“These are families that, without this program, would really, honestly have no Christmas at all likely,” Spedding said. “Each of our front line workers are allowed to put through their two neediest cases from their case loads, so you know the families are really in dire need.”

Spedding said that while CCAS is used to a dealing with a handful of absentee donors, this year’s 15 dropouts is triple the number it’s accustomed to accommodating for.

“That’s a pretty high number for us – about three times as many as we usually have, so now we are sort of scrambling to support these families with gift cards, rather than sending people shopping at this late date,” she said.

“What we hope to do is collect cash donations and then purchase gift cards to a grocery store and to Walmart or Toys R Us to make sure that the parents can get a gift for their kids this year. It really isn’t the same as if they were ‘adopted’, but it’s still something for them to provide a nice Christmas for their families.”

The best way to donate, Spedding said, is online at http://bit.ly/2hXjtzr by selecting ‘Christmas Program’ under Designation.

All donors, she added, can be assured their contributions will go a long way toward making this Christmas brighter for needy kids this holiday season.

“As wonderful and wealthy a city as Toronto is, there are thousands of families out there who, through no fault of their own, are really struggling,” Spedding said. “It must be a terrible feeling to be a parent and not be able to go and buy what your child has asked Santa Claus for.”

The biggest message Spedding said the CCAS hears back from the recipients of the Adopt-A-Family program is not that they’re grateful for the gifts themselves, but that they’re so thankful a complete stranger cared enough to go out and buy them something.

“It’s pretty amazing to know that you’re giving our clients – our youth, our families and our children – hope when they weren’t feeling it themselves already,” she said.

“I want people to realize that whatever they can donate, small or large, will give a child in Toronto a special Christmas – and what an incredible gift that is.”

For more information, go to www.hopeforchildren.ca