Supporting the Citizens of Innisfil for Twenty Years
Christmas for Kids” originated out of St. Peter's Church over twenty years ago. In order to access more donations from the community, Christmas for Kids became a registered charity in 2012 but has grown to involve the entire community. Today the program supports families and children from seven Innisfil schools. The United Churches in Gilford and Churchill, the Anglican Churches in Churchill and Cookstown and the Innisfil Community Church, all support the program. In addition, many Innisfil organizations and business are supporting the program. The registered name is “Christmas for Kids” (all year round).
How Do We Help at Christmas?
Christmas for Kids helps Innisfil families at Christmas by providing them with:
- Turkey and food (enough to last over the holidays)
- A small gift certificate to buy perishables for Christmas dinner
- Gifts for each child. We try to give gifts geared to the child’s interests. We also take advantage of this contact to ensure that the children have coats, boots and warm clothing
We know that Christmas can be a stressful time for families if they have limited financial resources. We try to take the pressure off families. All of our clients are treated with respect; all information is kept confidential. Innisfil has many generous residents who want to help at Christmas.
How do we help "All Year Round"
Christmas for Kids helps Innisfil families throughout the year:
- Easter and Thanksgiving Food drives in coordination with local schools
- Birthday present program, for children who are invited to birthday parties but cannot afford to purchase a gift
- Assistance with back to school supplies in September
- Families in crisis, needing food, clothing,
- Calls from the school to assistance a student in need.
Who do we help?
Many of our clients are dealing with:
- Unemployment, or underemployment. They do not make enough money for the necessities.
- Health issues of either of the parents or the children. Health concerns can put a family at risk when there are no long term medical benefits.
- Single parents, both men and women.
- Vulnerable Teens, living independently
- Seniors who do not have resources to purchase Christmas dinner or purchase gifts for grandchildren
How Does Someone Get Help?
- If you have children in an Innisfil public school or secondary school system, you can speak to the school principal confidentially and they will refer you.
- If you do not have children in the Innisfil public school system, please call Debra Harrison (St. John's) or Myrlene Boken (St. Peter's @ 705-456-6731). You must show proof you are an Innisfil resident and be able to tell us a little about your situation.
2nd Wednesday Community Lunch Program
The monthly outreach lunch program, formerly run by Cookstown United Church, has recently relocated to St. John’s. This meal is open to all and costs $8/person. We wish the leadership and volunteers of this group blessings and much success as they continue their ministry to the community. Mark your calendars for the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
St. John’s Church
Sunday Service: 11:15 am