Let’s do it again!
PHOTO COURTESY HELEEN COUVRETTE
Many kids are not at home with loved ones for Christmas
Every year, hundreds of kids and teenagers under the supervision of Centre Jeunesse de Montréal don’t have the chance to rejoice during the holiday festivities for many reasons including: their family is financially unfit, family crises, abandonment of the children at rehabilitation centers, parents unable to pick up their children for an outing or a family celebration, and so on.
This year once again, the Christmas committee of the Fondation du Centre Jeunesse de Montréal is undertaking considerable efforts so that these kids, whether young or old, may have joy during the Christmas celebrations. Please join H~OM in supporting and offering these kids a gift to open Christmas morning.
All presents are welcome! They can be toys or gift cards and they will all go to kids aged between 1 to 18 years old. (see suggestions).
To provide you with some insight on the situation, here are some statistics concerning the kids from CJM:
A 28% increase in youth cases, now totalling 4283.
54.3% are boys and 45.7% girls;
34% are 0-5 years old, 35% aged 6-11, and 31% aged 12-18;
Problems by type and percentage:
Physical abuse, 34%
Psychological abuse, 16%
Behavioral disorders, 10%
Sexual abuse, 11.5%
Christmas gifts suggestions - Even as little as a $5 gift can help!
0 to 5 years old:
Toys for babies and little ones.
6 to 12 years old:
Lego, encyclopedia, comic books, DVDs, luminescent drawing boards, construction kits, science games, Play-Doh,figurines (Transformers, superheroes), toy cars (Hot-Wheels), puppets and accessories, jewelry-making kits.
Books, jewelry, make-up, hair accessories (iron, hair-dryer, combs), hygiene products (shower gel, body lotion), magazine subscriptions (Cool, People, Loulou, National Geographic, Vogue…), scrapbooking tools (stickers, paint).
Hockey sticks, skateboarding shoes, sports balls (soccer, football), hygiene products, shower gel, after-shave (no razors), K’Nex, Lego.
Teenage boys and girls:
Board games, educating games, watches, radios, music players, headphones, DVDs, books, gift cards (Renaud-Bray, Archambault, Sports Experts, Omer de Serre, movie theatre, Future Shop, HMV, Dynamite, Garage, Aldo, Globo, Ardene, Starbucks, Second Cup, Tim-Hortons, McDonalds…).
Bring all gifts unwrapped to H~OM Yoga Centre, 3187 Route Harwood, Vaudreuil-Dorion, (450) 732-1707, by December 14 (for security reasons... they will be then put into gift baskets and distributed to the kids).
In the name of all these young kids and teens, thanks for your generosity and Happy Holidays!
Their goal is to distribute over 3000 gifts to these kids in rehabilitation centers and living in foster families. We are now calling out your generosity through a financial aid or the donation of a new gift(s).
Your engagement in this project will make a difference and will bring joy and comfort to the children but overall the gift will bring the message that they are not unimportant, not undeserving or forgotten.