It’s the time of year when everyone is rushing from festive events to the shopping mall as people get into the frenzy of holiday activities. But for many families, this is more a season of stress than joy. Parents may worry about not having enough money to pay the bills each month while still wanting to ensure their children still have something to look forward to Christmas morning.
That’s why April and Sarah Rutka created Holiday Helpers and the annual Adopt-a-Family program. Since 1996, Holiday Helpers has donated Christmas packages to over 1,700 families in the Greater Toronto Area. And, for the third year, the SmartSimple team in Toronto has once again raised funds and purchased gifts to ensure one more family has a very merry Christmas.
The SmartSimple adopted family for 2015 was a single mother with three children, and their wish list included basics such as winter coats, boots and pajamas. As part of the Adopt-a-Family initiative, each family also receives a tree with decorations and a gift certificate to purchase groceries for a traditional family dinner with all the trimmings. Though the program is centered on Christmas, it is open for all families from all faiths, to help any family in need with basic items and provide the means for a family celebration.
This very special family will receive warm gear for the Toronto winter, as well as toys (this year’s favorites included My Little Pony, superheroes, Littlest Pet Shop, and Lego), household items, gifts to pamper mom, and treats for everyone. Our team of Toronto employees donated very generously, and we’re so proud to be part of this philanthropic community.
While the program is complete for this year, there are still volunteer opportunities available with Holiday Helpers to help out in their warehouse, sorting, wrapping and delivering packages to families. There’s also a charity golf tournament coming up on June 23, 2016 if you’d like to get involved with raising funds for next year’s campaign.
From everyone here at SmartSimple, we’d like to wish you and yours a happy, healthy and joyous holiday season!