Toronto City Mission gives hope to inner-city families at Christmas!

TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Toronto City Mission (TCM) invites you to take part in their annual "Adopt-a-Family" program, a Christmas assistance program that provides encouragement every year to over 150 families in the city of Toronto.  For inner-city parents, Christmas has the potential to be a very discouraging time if they are unable to provide their children with gifts under the tree or a festive Christmas meal.  According to Toronto's Vital Signs 2011 Full Report, a "family on social assistance would need to spend 37% of its income on food and 69% on rent, leaving minus $133.00 per month for all other basic needs such as transportation, clothing, telephone and school supplies". TCM's Adopt-a-Family program empowers parents to provide a time of celebration for their children by giving them gift certificates to Loblaws, a family board game and a box of chocolates.

Make this Christmas special…Adopt-a-Family

For only $70 a person, you can join with TCM in providing hope to inner-city families.  This donation will not only provide the families with gift certificates but it will also cover the costs of community Christmas Celebrations.

The beauty of this program is that TCM has formed long-standing relationships with all of the families who are registered.  These families are actively attending programs throughout the year intended to empower and equip children, youth and adults with the skills needed to break cycles of poverty.  Programs like; Employment Mentoring, EPIC Tutoring, Teens Leading Communities and Role Model Moms, give families hope of a brighter future.  Adopt-a-family does not stand alone; it is part of a bigger circle of support for the families that TCM serves.

Giving dignity to families

"We work with the families all year round. We know their economic circumstances…We are truly just trying to give them a sense of control and dignity around the Christmas season.  We do that by providing gift certificates … so that the parents can actually go out and buy things for their own kids rather than us buying the presents for the kids."  Andrew Schell (Executive Director of Toronto City Mission)

TCM is inviting individuals, families, businesses, and churches to provide dignity and hope to an inner-city family this Christmas by Adopting-a-Family at www.torontocitymission.com

Toronto City Mission
Andrew Schell (Executive Director)
416-922-6223
aschell@torontocitymission.com

SOURCE Toronto City Mission

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