5 p.m., Nov. 20)
program brings holiday cheer to those who need it most
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre is
once again reaching out to the local community to help
sponsor families facing financial hardship this holiday
may be hard for some people to believe, but there are
hundreds of families in Orleans who are forced to cope
with financial hardship at any given time. They may have
suffered a job loss, they may be in the middle of a separation
or divorce, or they may have been saddled with external
pressures such as a relative suffering an illness,
or an aging parent who is need of care. Whatever
the reason, the result is the same too many expenses
and not enough income.
stress is a major cause of depression, anxiety and stress
which often leads to marital strife and family crisis.
Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre is there
to help families in need. Whether its counseling,
assistance in navigating through the social service network,
or accessing the food bank, the OCCRC is often a sanctuary
of last resort for many people in our community.
this time of year, the Resource Centres primary
focus is the holiday season and ensuring that those families
in need of assistance receive it.
OCCRC Christmas Program is actually three programs in
one the Angel Tree program, the Toy Mountain program
and the Resource Centre program. Families in need can
benefit from all three programs, but first they must register
with the food bank. So far more than 140 families have
done so while indicating the number of children that have
along with their ages and gender. Each family is then
assigned a number for which there is an anonymous donor.
of the public and organizations such as churches, service
clubs and school councils act as sponsors by providing
a cash donation and gifts depending on the size of
the family and the age and gender of the children. The
cash donations are used to purchase food items such as
fresh vegetables, dairy products an holiday specific food
items such as turkeys, ham etc.
the family comes in to pick up their items they receive
their food as well as gifts for the children from each
of the programs Toy Mountain, Angel Trees and the
you are interested in becoming a sponsor you can simply
visit the OCCRC website at http://crcoc.ca/christmas-just-around-corner/,
download and fill out the Christmas
Campaign 2014 Sponsor Registration Form and drop it off
at the Resource Centre located at 240 Centrum Blvd. across
from the Shenkman Arts Centre.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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