BETHESDA HOUSE HOLIDAY PARTY & HAMPER PROGRAM FOR 2016
Each year Bethesda House supports up to 100 women and their children, who are dealing with the repercussions of domestic abuse. Our goal is to help them be able to enjoy the season the way you and I will. We need your help to make the holiday party and hamper program a success.
You can you help by
a) volunteering your time sorting, organizing donations and packing hampers
b) making a personal donation of a new unwrapped toy or non-perishable food
c) organizing a food or toy drive at your place of work or business on our behalf.
Donations appreciated would be:
- unwrapped toys for girls and boys of all ages
- unwrapped gifts or gift certificates for male & female youth up to age 17
- non-perishable food items (especially holiday season items and treats!)
- grocery store gift certificates to enable the families to purchase perishable items for their holiday meals
DONATION DROP-OFF DEADLINE: DECEMBER 19TH, 2016
Donations receive after December 21 will go to the shelter for future use, i.e. birthdays for the children in shelter.
DROP-OFF LOCATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS DONATIONS
St John’s Anglican Church ONLY UNTIL Dec 21st, 2016 11 Temperance St, Bowmanville
Second Chance Store, 25 King Street West
To make drop-off arrangements, or for more information, please contact
Wendy, 905-623-6045 ext 206
Christmas Donations, Food & Toy Drive
A campaign to collect donations of;
- non-perishable food items
- new toys and gifts for children, youth, and women
- gift certificates to local stores
Each year Bethesda House prepares approximately 100 hampers of food and gifts which are distributed to current and past clients who are struggling financially. Laundry hampers are filled with non-perishable food items and age-appropriate gifts. Mothers can then wrap these gifts and give them to their children under the Christmas tree Christmas morning. Struggling families who do not celebrate Christmas for religious reasons are given hampers and gifts as well.
In addition, Bethesda House hosts a Holiday Party for the women and children. Entertainment and a delicious buffet dinner are provided and each child receives a gift from Santa. This party is attended by approximately 100 people.
The items collected during the Drive are used for the hampers. Cash donations are used to “fill in the gaps” in terms of items for the hampers and to cover the costs associated with the children’s party.
Each year drop off locations are announced where donors can deliver their donations. If the donor cannot deliver the donation, Bethesda House will endeavour to arrange a pick up.
November & December, annually.
One of the primary barriers to moving on from domestic violence is the fear women have that they will not be able to financially provide for themselves and their children. This is a legitimate concern. The majority of women who leave an abusive relationship do indeed end up poorer than they were, at least for a period of adjustment during the first few years after having ended the relationship.
The Christmas holiday season when the rest of the community is celebrating with treats of food and gifts is particularly difficult for these women and their families. The children and youth see what others are doing and dream the same dreams. The mothers worry and stress that they will not be able to make any of these dreams come true. The single women choose not to treat themselves for financial reasons and are depressed by the abundance around them.
Bethesda House supports these women and families through a Holiday Hamper Program and a Holiday Party for the children. The recipients are current and past Bethesda House clients who are still struggling financially.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
Contact Wendy Staal at (905) 623 – 6045, Ext 206, to make drop off arrangements for donations