Celebrate a fun-filled first Christmas with new Canadian Children

TORONTO, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - How do children from other countries experience their first Christmas in Toronto, one of the most diverse cities in the world? A party in celebration of World Vision's Gift Catalogue where they will meet farm animals, and enjoy live music and food. The children will even get to meet Santa himself- this event truly brings Christmas to life for many new Canadians.

WHAT:          Refugee children and their families celebrate their first Christmas in Toronto with cute animal friends, Santa, and carolling with Juno-nominated recording artists Sky Terminal. Also at the event will be students from a local elementary school, joining with their new friends to celebrate the season.
   
WHEN: Monday, December 9, 2013; 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
   
WHERE:  Christie Refugee Welcome Centre
  43 Christie Street, Toronto
  In the parking lot behind the building (accessed by driveway beside the building)

VISUALS:

  • Children interacting with farm animals while enjoying Christmas treats and hot chocolate
  • Santa Claus handing out candy canes to excited new Canadian children and students from a local elementary school
  • Recording artists Sky Terminal leading children and their families in festive holiday songs
  • New Canadian children and their families learning about how Toronto celebrates Christmas

BACKGROUND:
The World Vision Gift Catalogue is throwing the celebration for new Canadians. This popular holiday catalogue allows Canadians to give charitable presents that provide a real difference around the world (like chickens and goats), and also has gifts that support local programs that help Canadian children and families.   More information at www.worldvision.ca/gifts

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE:
New Canadian parents and children about their first Canadian Christmas experiences
Molly Finlay from World Vision

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information:

MEIDA CONTACTS
Angel Cheng, 905-565-6200 ext. 3364, OnKei_Cheng@worldvision.ca
Genevieve Barber, (cell) 416-671-0086, Genevieve_Barber@worldvision.ca