The following letter was written by Mistie Roberts in support of the Centre’s Christmas stocking drive that she and her family has done for over 20 years:
Dear Friends and Good-Hearted People!
My family and I have been working with the New Life Neighbourhood Center in Oshawa (a not-for-profit community service that operates a food bank and also provides Christmas hampers, etc. to needy families) for well over 20 years now with the Christmas program.
The part of the Christmas program we assist with, is purchasing items that we put into stockings for local children (newborn up to 21 years old). Most of the stockings go to children who have an illness and their families are struggling. Giving these children, a Christmas is an amazing feeling. For some, it is their last Christmas, for others it is the only present/stocking from Santa they will get this year.
We are looking for anything you would put in a stocking for a child. You probably have items in your home that never expire, and you are not using in your linen closet, nursery or bathroom cabinets collecting dust. Or small toys and books in your child’s room that have never been played with. UNUSED ITEMS ONLY PLEASE, e.g.:
- books, small toys, stuffies, decks of cards, small board games, crayons, pencils, paper, crafts, colouring books, McDonalds toys
- hats, mitts, socks, scarves, baby towels, sleepers, receiving blankets, rattles
- perfume, lipstick, eyeshadow, nail polish, aftershave, toiletries
- packs of batteries, cards, poker chips
I am asking you to take a look and see what’s in your home that is not needed and would be great for a stocking. If you could help out that would be AMAZING!! The most important thing I am asking is that you pass this letter on to other friends and family. Every new contact we get and every item we receive is dear to us and the children we help out.
ALL IT TAKES IS ONE ITEM PER PERSON!!
If you are interested, please call or text me: Mistie Roberts – 905-922-0595. I can do porch pick-ups or whatever works for you!!
You can also help by donating funds to purchase items for the stockings. Make your cheque payable to the New Life Neighbourhood Centre and you will receive an Income Tax Receipt. Indicate “Stockings” in the memo area of your cheque. Or donate online.
Any assistance you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your generosity. You will have the joy that comes from knowing you have helped to make a difference in the life of a child in need this Christmas.