by Lacey Ward
on Friday, December 13th, 2019 at 10:41am.
The Jen Scholte Team chooses 12 community initiatives each December that we contribute to. We call this our ‘12 Days of Giving’, an act of appreciation to give back to the community that gives us so much!
Follow along over the next month and we would be honoured to introduce you to some of the many wonderful initiatives making our community stronger.
Day 1 - Easter Seals - The Grey Bruce Celebrity Hockey Classic
We are excited to announce that TODAY, our Team Leader Jen Scholte is be participating in the Grey Bruce Celebrity Hockey Classic this year in support of the Easter Seals! Today Jen is on the ice with Al Lafrate & Wendel Clark! Donations go to Easter Seals Ontario and the programs they provide to children with physical disabilities in our community, they assist in purchases of mobility and accessibility equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, porch lifts and ramps. Easter Seals also helps by providing summer camp opportunities at our two fully accessible properties, Camp Merrywood, near Perth, Ont. and Camp Woodeden, in London, Ont. Also, Easter Seals offers post-secondary scholarships and provides access to information and resources, and public education and awareness.
Last week, our team gathered up purses and filled them with personal care items for the Fill a Purse for a Sister campaign. Thank you to Butter Gallery for collecting and organizing these donations!
The Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign just wrapped up its fifth annual drive intending to collect 12,000 purses and backpacks for women and youth in shelters and crisis centers across the country.
If you missed the donation date this year, you can contribute next year by filling a new or gently used purse or backpack with toiletries, sanitary products and other personal items such as a scarf, gloves, notebook or journal, or gift card.
Day 3 - Out of the Cold
For our 3rd day of giving, we would like to feature to Out of the Cold - Collingwood's new emergency shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Out of the Cold Opened for the first day on December 2nd and will be open from November to April to provide shelter during the coldest months of the year. We are so glad to see this shelter open for those in need in our area, you can find details on intake and donations for Out of the Cold here: https://outofthecoldcollingwood.com
More information from our Team Leader Jen on Out of the Cold:
Day 4 - Georgian Triangle Humane Society
It is Day 4 of our 12 days of giving and today we are pleased to feature the Georgian Triangle Humane Society, the GTHS serves the area commonly known as the ‘Georgian Triangle’, which includes the communities of Wasaga Beach, Stayner, Creemore, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, Thornbury, Clarksburg, Meaford, and the surrounding areas. We are so thankful to have the GTHS in our community helping our pets and our pets 'to-be'! See the animals available and services provided by the Georgian Triangle Humane Society here: https://www.gths.ca/
Find out what the GTHS is working on now in our conversation with The Georgian Triangle Humane Society's Development Manager, Kelly O'Neil and find out how you can help this holiday season in our videos below, thank you to the humane society for giving us a special tour!
Day 5 - Georgian Triangle Hospice
For our 5th day of giving, we wanted to give back to the Hospice Georgian Triangle by sponsoring a light in their 'Lights of Love Holiday Celebration', in which they light up Campbell House as a community. Each donation goes toward ensuring the exceptional care provided by The Hospice Georgian Triangle continues into the future. Sponsor a light here: https://www.hospicegeorgiantriangle.com/wish-list-2019
Jen Scholte, Team Leader on The Hospice Georgian Triangle's 'Lights of Love' holiday campaign below:
Day 6 - Sunset Manor
On our 6th day of giving we partnered with Sunset Manor - Long Term Care and took care of 4 residents' Christmas wish lists! Sunset Manor Sunset Manor Home for the Aged is a municipal, Long-Term Care facility. It provides accommodation, support services, and nursing and personal care service for 148 permanent residents and 2 short-stay residents.
Day 7 already! Our 7th day of giving is in support of the Collingwood Youth Centre. The Collingwood Youth Centre provides innovative learning opportunities and essential support to the youths in our area and we were so pleased to be able to give back to them! If you are interested in learning more about the Collingwood Youth Centre, check out their website here: http://collingwoodyouthcentre.ca/
Day 8 - Home Horizon
On our 8th day of giving, we donated Christmas presents to the youth living at Home Horizon. The Barbara Weider House is dedicated to youth aged 16-24 facing homelessness, it currently houses 7 youths and provides 24-hour supervision, counseling, education, job support, and life skills workshops. Visit Home Horizon's website to learn more or find out how you can volunteer or donate here: https://homehorizon.ca/
Day 9 - Christmas Families
Our 9th day of giving is a special one here at Century 21 Millennium Inc. We are so honoured to be connected and working with a company that is focused on giving back. For the past few weeks, the Century 21 Millennium Inc. team has been busy gathering donations, checking off our lists and doing Christmas shopping for some special families who we sponsor during this holiday season. This year, Century 21 Millennium Inc. delivered gifts and food to 6 families and 20 children. Through 'Christmas Families' we hope to provide each family and child with a very special Christmas.
Day 10 - The John Nichols Hospital Draw with Peak 95.1 FM
For our 10th day of giving, we donated a prize to The 40th annual John Nichols Hospital Draw. The Peak 95.1 FM collects donations from the community and creates a fantastic draw with hundreds of prizes in support of the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital. From now until December 23rd you can buy $2 tickets, and if yours is drawn, you get to choose one of the many prizes! All money raised goes to the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital to support the Patient Room Renovations Campaign. Buy your tickets online here: https://cgmhf.com/buy-peak-fm-draw-tickets/ or at the Peak 95.1 FM. You also can find tickets in participating Collingwood businesses. Feeling excited? Check out the full list of prizes here: https://cgmhf.com/peak-fm-draw-prize-list/
Day 11 - The Bruce Trail Conservancy
One of the most enjoyed activities all year long in our beautiful area is the Bruce Trail. Today, we give the gift of adventure for the 11th day of giving. If you want to learn more about the Bruce Trail and their conservation work, check out their website here: https://brucetrail.org/
Day 12 - The Gift of Appreciation
On our 12th day we celebrate the gift of appreciation and recognize those in our community who have given generously for over 50 years.
Thank you so much for following along on our 12 Days of Giving. It has been so wonderful connecting with our community over the past few weeks and we are already looking forward to starting again next year.