Last year, people purchased over $13,000 worth of ethical gifts from SIRCH’s Gifts from the Heart Catalogue. It made a huge difference to many, many people! I thought you’d like to hear some of the stories of how SIRCH was able to help, thanks to Gifts from the Heart.
Home for Christmas!
A father of four children was diagnosed with a palliative illness, and was unable to work. The sole bread winner of his family, his illness and admission to hospital sent the family into a tail spin. With no income, things that you and I might take for granted became huge obstacles! Mom didn’t drive so finding regular transportation to the hospital was difficult. Needing to go on social assistance took a toll, and although it helped, even figuring out how to afford basic items like food, clothing, and heat added to the stress. But the greatest concern of the children was that they would not get to spend Christmas with their dad at home. He wanted to be home, but needed equipment and supports that the family simply couldn’t afford.
It was truly a joint effort – other organizations and volunteers ensured that the house was safe for dad to come home, and that nursing supports were in place. SIRCH continued to provide hospice/palliative care and as the Gifts from the Heart donations rolled in, we were also able to provide food, basic necessities, and Christmas presents for the entire family. It was a community gift, and what Christmas is all about. That dad was able to be home with his family for his last Christmas! Just weeks later he passed away.
Infant Needing Surgery
In another situation a couple had a baby who needed fairly extensive surgery. On a limited income with no family in the county, and no transportation, the couple struggled with the dilemma of how to care for their older child who was in school, and also be with their infant in the city. Thanks to your donation, SIRCH was able to help with emotional support, as well as transportation, food, and other types of practical assistance. Without knowing it, you became part of that family’s extended network.
I have to say that Christmas is the one of the best times of year to work at SIRCH Community Services. Why? Because of you! Last year your donations to our Gifts from the Heart Catalogue allowed us to directly change the lives of others not only at Christmas but throughout the entire year. As we shouted out the daily Catalogue tally (yes, we really did and it was fun!), it became a source of inspiration for all of us to continue to work harder to help those who are going through a tough time.
I hope that you will spread Christmas cheer again this year by being a friend of SIRCH. Please make a purchase from our Gifts from the Heart Catalogue. Please tell your friends, colleagues and family members about the difference they can make by choosing a “Gift from the Heart” this Holiday season.
100% of your donation will support individuals and families right here in Haliburton County. You’ll receive a beautiful gift card that you can sign and tuck in someone’s stocking, and you’ll also receive a charitable tax receipt. Most of all, you’ll know your gift is changing lives!