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Spread The Cheer Before Year’s End

Spread The Cheer Before Year's End

CONNECT WITH LOCAL CHARITIES BEFORE 2021

The last week before Xmas is always a mad scramble. And it’s easy to get caught up in the last minute shopping craze! Before you do finish off your lists for 2020, take a moment to look at some of the local causes and charities that still need support. If you can, contribute! Even a small contribution can make a difference, especially this year.

Spread The Cheer Before Year’s End

SHANE’S FUNDRAISER

One of Barrie’s finest citizens, manager of the Unity Cafe and market, and fantastically talented musician Shane L.S. Dennis is spending the 7 nights leading up to Christmas to raise awareness of local charities and shelters. You can support Shane by making monetary contributions to one of the shelters or causes.

CHRISTMAS CHEER

This year Xmas Cheer has switched to strictly monetary donations, and their goal of $250,000 is still a bit out of reach. They are taking contributions until Xmas eve.

BARRIE FOOD BANK

Like many charities this year, the Food bank switched to a monetary contribution model for their holiday food drive. You can still provide food, but monetary donations are welcomed on their website.

YOUTH HAVEN 

Boxes of Hope is a way to help the youth experiencing homelessness that YH supports. The $50 contribution Funds raised from each purchase will be used to buy items that our youth need including gift cards, gloves, winter hats, hygiene products, toiletries, bus tokens, and more!

DAVID BUSBY CENTER 

If you missed the virtual concert fundraiser this past weekend, you can still support the shelter through their weekly Catch The Ace fundraiser. 

WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S SHELTER

Besides monetary contributions, this year the shelter has gift items and gift packages you can purchase, with funds going to support the shelter’s work! Contact [email protected] for more information.

What Did You Think of Spread The Cheer Before Year’s End? Let us know if we missed any great causes!

Spread The Holiday Cheer – Boxes of Hope For Youth Haven

Youth Haven’s Boxes of Hope campaign is underway, and the local shelter is asking the community to once again help youth in the region have a joyful Christmas.

Boxes of Hope are gift packages given to youth who are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness in our community.

People can purchase a box for $50. The money raised from each purchase will go to buy items that the youth need.This year that can include bus tokens, toiletries, gift cards, winter clothing, hygiene products, or books and supplies for those youth attending school. 

In 2019, the Boxes of Hope campaign raised over $17,000. 

Youth Haven provides critical services to approximately 400 youth every year. It is Simcoe County’s only youth shelter.

To purchase Boxes of Hope, head to Youth Haven’s website right here

Spread The Holiday Cheer – OPACC Virtual Holiday Market

BARRIE UNCOVERED WANTS TO SPREAD THE WORD DURING THE GIVING SEASON

t’s the most wonderful time of the year…although for many of us it can be a difficult and even depressing few months.

And given that Covid has thrown a wrench into everything, it’s even more important to help those who might need it.

Fortunately, Barrie has always been a beacon of support for those in need during Christmas and the holidays. Many businesses, stores and local companies routinely provide donations or host fundraisers for the many causes geared toward lifting up those in need.

We want to help! If you are partnering with a charity/cause, run a charity/cause or have an event coming up that in some way contributes, let us know! We can post it to our events calendar and share it through our social channels.

By spreading the word, we can help these events reach a few more eyeballs. And even one or two more people can make a difference.

OPACC VIRTUAL HOLIDAY MARKET

Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC), a registered charity that has been supporting families of children with cancer throughout Ontario since 1995, is running a virtual holiday market to support childhood cancer families. 

Buyers can support the charity by shopping at the virtual holiday market from a variety of vendors throughout Ontario that have pledged to donate part of their sales to OPACC. Buyers can feel good knowing that part of their purchases are going to support charitable programs and services for childhood cancer families in Ontario.

OPACC is also looking to add more vendors, who will receive promotion for their businesses and a charitable tax receipt for their donations. Vendors include home-based businesses, artisans, and independent consultants in addition to traditional storefront businesses. The market runs until mid-December (each vendor has a different end date). Vendors can register at the event webpage.

All proceeds go towards supporting the charity’s free programs and services for childhood cancer families in Ontario, including in-hospital support through its Parent Liaison program, community-based childhood cancer parent support groups throughout Ontario, hospital parking reimbursements, distribution of gift cards for gas and food, and advocacy on issues of importance to childhood cancer families.

Learn more at http://www.opacc.org/holidaymarket

LEST WE FORGET

Today at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Please take a minute to remember the many men, women and families who sacrificed so that we can all have the liberty and freedom we enjoy today. We all take it for granted but it had a very high cost to many families, not just the people lost but for the families left behind to mourn. So young and old please observe the minute silence and reflect where we would be without all the sacrifice of others.

Remembrance Day is to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Throughout Barrie’s history a long list of Barrie citizens who paid the ultimate price. Next time you get a chance to take a look at the cenotaph at Meridian Place look at the list of names, you might be surprised how many names are listed. We were going to name some and tell their story of heroism, but decided that would be unfair. Who is to say one life is more important than another, so let’s remember them all equally.

Base Borden still deploys many military personnel to dangerous areas all around the world wherever they are required.  We pray they all come home to their families safe and well.

So let’s honour all of Barrie’s fallen heroes today, as well as the rest of Canadians. Take a minute to reflect what the world might look like today without their sacrifice, I think it is the least we can do.

We hope and pray for peace in the future and never again do any families have to lose any loved ones.

Spread The Cheer This Year – Poinsettia Fundraiser In Support Of Childhood Cancer Families

BARRIE UNCOVERED WANTS TO SPREAD THE WORD DURING THE GIVING SEASON

Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with  Cancer (OPACC), a registered charity that has been supporting families of children with  cancer throughout Ontario since 1995, is running a poinsettia fundraiser with Bradford  Greenhouses Garden Gallery.  

Supporters can purchase gift cards through OPACC to redeem for live poinsettia plants  at either Bradford Greenhouses location in Barrie or Bradford. The fundraiser runs until  November 13, 2020. 

100% of the profits of this fundraiser go towards supporting the charity’s free programs  and services for childhood cancer families in Ontario, including in-hospital support  through its Parent Liaison program, community-based childhood cancer parent support  groups throughout Ontario, hospital parking reimbursements, distribution of gift cards  for gas and food, and advocacy on issues of importance to childhood cancer families.  

Find out more at www.opacc.org/poinsettias 

If you are partnering with a charity/cause, run a charity/cause or have an event coming up that in some way contributes to helping the community over the holidays,

By spreading the word, we can help these events reach a few more eyeballs. And even one or two more people can make a difference.

So get on it! Send the deets to [email protected], [email protected] or through a PM on FB.

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