Kindness and Christmas have always been synonymous. And since 2002, we have been asking " Would you be open to extend an act of kindness to help us deliver the spirit of the season?" To help the 1 in 5 residents who suffer from mental illness and poverty issues. It could be a family member, a friend, a colleague or a neighbour who has lost loved ones to death or divorce, who lost confidence and lost their job or lost a sense of self and has lost the will to live.
This holiday season AOKN has received 400+ requests to date. Here's how easy it is to help. Create your Kindness & Giving Circle, set a goal for how many residents you wish to help and . ..
Pack gift bags - with essentials - personal care products, hat, gloves, scarf, socks and a gift card.
Donate - soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, tooth brush and tooth paste, winter woollies for men or gift cards.
Drop off at our Burlington Donation Location - Wardell Insurance, 431 Brant Street till Dec 21.
Go to our Go Fund Me Page. We will utilize the funds to purchase what is needed to complete our gift bags
The mandate of AOKN is to invite people of all ages to make a difference in our community utilizing the "time, talent or tangible goods" at their disposal in support of individuals and families touched by mental health and poverty issues. And following that kind act, encourage those same recipients, as an expression of gratitude, to “pay it forward” and be kind in some way to others.
In a formalized way, our Annual Holiday Gift Drive brings the spirit of the season to individuals and families in our region served by numerous local agencies. AOKN is called upon to fill wishes and provide basic necessities for clients and their families, support client Christmas parties and acquire gifts for an annual Christmas Day Dinner for 300+. Throughout the year community agencies often request AOKN to help with furniture, clothing, bedding, gift cards, etc. for those struggling to make ends meet in our challenging world. Equally important are the gifts of time and talent. Donations can come in the form of a “thinking of you” phone call, a visit to someone who is lonely, knitting for children or the homeless, offering yoga or relaxation to those who suffer from physical or mental illness and would otherwise be unable to participate in such beneficial activities.
Simple thoughtful, kind acts have proven to be beneficial both to the recipient and the giver. To that end, AOKN will know of an agency whose clients would truly be grateful for your gift of service and can serve as a matchmaker. The social service agencies AOKN assists include Halton Children’s Aid Society, Bridging the Gap, Canadian Mental Health Association, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, Compassion Society, Support and Housing Halton, Summit House, Oakville YMCA, Safetynet Children and Youth Charities among many others. Generous, local support has multiplied from a handful of compassionate donors to an ever-growing list of loyal partners, Goodwill Ambassadors, local businesses, community organizations, sports teams and schools.
For more information on how you help or to create your own Kindness and Giving Circle please contact, Founder, Deborah Seigel at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 905 319 0035