The children and families living at Bethlehem this Christmas experienced the generosity of our community this holiday season.
On Tuesday, December 17, Bethlehem’s families and children enjoyed a Christmas celebration at our annual children’s holiday party, organized by our Early Learning Centre staff. Our Executive Director, Lori Beech, delighted everyone with her homemade cookies that were whimsically displayed. Santa made a surprise visit and personally handed out the gifts to each of the children.
A Big THANK YOU to all of the FirstOntario staff members who coordinated a Toy Drive at the local branches! Thanks to the members who donated over 100 toys that Santa delivered at our children's Christmas party. It was a joyful celebration for everyone!
The children living at Bethlehem will be keeping warm this winter, thanks to the Vineland Missionary Church ladies.
Every Thursday morning, since Thanksgiving weekend, the ladies at Vineland Missionary Church came together to create hand-made quilted blankets. Each year they support local charities and donate 80 one-of-a-kind blankets for each child that will call Bethlehem home this Christmas.
Open Arms Mission of Welland gave a generous food donation to Bethlehem Housing! We would also like to thank Pinty's Delicious Foods for the frozen chicken donation, and Niagara Training & Employment Agency Inc for. making the delivery to us!
The children at St. Alexanders School ran a Blue Angel campaign in November and received generous donations of toiletries, diapers and baby wipes. We would like to thank them for giving the donations to the residents who live at Bethlehem Place!
Thanks to the Apple Papa VanSchaik Family Fund the residents at Bethlehem received a generous basket of fresh fruit and vegetables for the holiday season.
Each of the families living in transitional housing at Bethlehem Place received a Christmas basket full of toys and gifts for the entire family. Thanks to Penn Terra, FirstOntario Credit Union and Spinmaster Toys for donating items to be included in each basket.
The Shoebox Project St Catharines donated 35 shoe boxes for women who live at Bethlehem Place! The Shoebox Project for Women, supported by Dream, collects and distributes gift-filled Shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness in communities across Canada and the US. Each thoughtfully created and decorated Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in need.
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We are grateful to everyone who generously gave to bring the spirit of Christmas to the children and families living at Bethlehem. They truly made Christmas one to remember!