Holiday Sponsorship Program 2016

Any form of donation is welcome, however, traditional sponsorships can be either “Full” or “Partial”, or “Independent Youth” depending on available resources.

Full Sponsorship

Consists of a new reasonably priced outfit (socks, underwear, pants, top or dress) at least two durable or quality toys per child (try to pick at least one of the toys off their list) and some stocking stuffers such as books, activity books, crayons and treats. A $100.00 grocery gift card for a family of five and under, to purchase a holiday meal, or more depending on the size of the family. A small gift for the parent(s) plus a $25.00 gift card from Walmart so that they can purchase personal items as needed. New clothes and toys only and please – no video games or war toys.

Partial Sponsorship

Consists of one or more parts of a full sponsorship – either clothes, toys, a grocery or store gift card.

Independent Youth

Youth in Independent Living sponsorships are for youth 16 to 23 who are still under our supervision and in school or a self help program. These include a $50.00 grocery card, a $50.00 from a store of their choice and a laundry basket with $50 to $100 holiday treats and smaller gifts such as movie pass, McDonald’s gift care, hygiene products, kitchen items, winter apparel items etc up to $200 in value.

Cash Sponsorship

Consists of a financial donation of cash, credit card, debit card or cheque. All donations are tax-deductible and a receipt will be mailed to the address you provide.

Gift in Kind Tax Receipts

All other sponsorships may receive a gift-in-kind tax receipt providing the sponsor submits all receipts for gifts and grocery gift cards by January 31, 2017.

Cost of a Sponsorship

The average cost of sponsorship is $100.00 per child, a $100.00 grocery gift card and $25.00 to $50.00 per parent. Therefore, full sponsorship for a mother and two children will be approximately $325.00 to $350.00. This is just a guideline. The total cost will depend upon the needs of the family and your available resources.

Groups wishing to sponsor a family or families are asked to take on only as much as they can adequately provide for. All types of sponsorships are greatly appreciated and welcomed. We can assist with the completion of sponsorships, when needed and we often match several “partial” sponsorships together to make a complete sponsorship.

How a Sponsorship works

You will be provided with non-identifying information about the family, including their first names, ages, gender, sizes, the children’s wish list and any special needs they may have.

You will not be able to meet the family personally. Sponsors will be asked to deliver hampers to a local area depot in their community and clients will be directed to pick it up from there.

The family you agree to sponsor automatically becomes ineligible for sponsorship from any other sponsoring agencies. We do share lists with all known sponsoring agencies in each community.

Please supply us with full contact information including, your name, full address, postal code and day and evening phone numbers or a contact name for your organization.

Once you have been matched with a family to sponsor, an area coordinator will phone you to answer any questions and confirm a depot location and delivery date. Please honor the delivery date you have chosen as it will ensure the smooth delivery of over 600 families waiting for their hamper.

Wherever possible, we try to provide a family from your specific area, however, we service all of Simcoe County. If there is a family in greater need of assistance elsewhere in the County, they should have the first opportunity for help.

When excessive amounts of goods are collected for one family, the agency will consult with you to distribute the excess to other needy families and youth. It is very important that we do not “over-do” a sponsorship. Keep in mind that we are trying to empower families to plan and budget for themselves.

Hamper Requirements

A new reasonably priced outfit (socks, underwear, pants, top or dress) at least two durable or quality toys per child (try to pick at least one of the toys off their list) and some stocking stuffers such as books, activity books, crayons and treats. A $100.00 grocery gift card for a family of five, to purchase a holiday meal, or more depending on the size of the family. A small gift for the parent(s) plus a $25.00 gift card from Walmart so that they can purchase personal items as needed.

All toys and clothing must be new, correctly sized and age appropriate. Please do not wrap gifts. Include paper, tape and tags so that parents can wrap the gifts themselves. It is most helpful if gifts are labeled or packaged individually for a particular family member.

Hamper Drop Off Dates 2016:

Monday December 19th, Tuesday December 20th, and Wednesday, December 21st. Sponsors will be given details for a drop off location nearest them and will be asked to confirm a date and time for drop off once they have been assigned a family to sponsor.

Some Other Gift Suggestions:

· Pajamas, slippers

· Mittens, hats, scarves, and waterproof gloves

· Local chain store or movie theatre gift cards (i.e. Walmart, etc.)

· Cologne or toiletries sets

· Calculator, school supplies

· Arts, and craft kits

· A family gift such as a board game, puzzle or a baking set consisting of a cookie mix,

cookie cutters, rolling pin and baking sheets.

· Restaurant/hamburger/pizza cards

· Hair dresser gift certificate

· Stockings can be included, but are optional

· Please no alcohol, candles, video games or war toys

You may wish to include non-perishables such as holiday candy or treats along with your gift cards, or homemade baked goods and jams, but this is optional.

$100 will provide a holiday meal for a family of four

$200 will provide a basket of gifts and basic needs for an independent youth

$400 will provide a holiday hamper filled with toys, gifts and a grocery card of r a single parent and two children

$600 will provide a holiday hamper for a family of five

For more information or to sponsor a family call:

Nancy Green: (705) 726-6587 x 2228 or 2226

Toll Free 1-800-461-4236 x 2228 or 2226