Photo © Courtesy of Holiday Helpers Canada
Did you know that 1 in 4 children in Toronto live in poverty? Toronto has the highest rate of child poverty in all of Canada’s urban centres. Our low-income families have been disproportionately hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsor a low-income family in your community this Christmas
You can help by donating towards a poverty relief package for a low-income family with young children this holiday season. With your donation, Holiday Helpers will assemble a custom package and deliver it to the family’s door. Each family receives winter coats, a grocery gift card, presents for the children, necessary household items, and a fully decorated, artificial Christmas tree (optional).
Meet Albah. This is a picture of Albah staring at her first sparkly Christmas tree. Albah and her mother were new to Canada after fleeing violence in their home country. Her mother told us, “We did not have winter coats, hats, or boots, and I didn’t have the funds to buy them. But you helped us. We used our grocery gift card to buy a special dinner and a cake. We loved it, and we will never forget your special treatment. You made our Christmas unforgettable.”
Meet Youssouf. “Look at all the presents, Mom!”, Youssouf screamed. Laurie is a single mom, raising three children and recovering from breast cancer. Through Holiday Helpers, Laurie and her family were provided with a full poverty relief package, including winter coats, presents, essential houseware items like blankets, a grocery gift card, and an artificial Christmas tree. Just a year earlier, the family lived in a shelter, and all their belongings were stolen. Laurie told us, “We were devastated, but because of your generosity, our stolen items were replaced, and my children had the best Christmas of their lives.”
There’s still time to help a family in your community
Holiday Helpers Canada has been bringing Christmas joy to families in need for over 20 years.
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Holiday Helpers provides the complete Christmas experience to families living in low-income situations. Their goal is to provide necessary poverty relief items while sharing the spirit of Christmas and giving.