LifeSpin: Helping Londoners in Need

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LifeSpin is a not-for-profit organization in East London that supports low income families throughout the year. As many London families know, it is hard enough to make ends meet in a regular month, but Christmas can be especially hard. Often after paying the bills, there is just not enough to buy any presents to put under the tree. Last year, LifeSpin provided gifts to over 2500 Londoners and this year, they need more help.

With the days before Santa arrives dwindling quickly, they have a long list of families seeking sponsorship. If it is at all possible for you, get some friends together, co-workers, family members, neighbours, church groups, even just yourself and sponsor a family in need.  The children have small wish lists and these parents would love to be able to see a few of their child’s Christmas dreams come true.

No one chooses to live in poverty. No family wants to be the one to have to ask for help. These families are doing the best they can and usually are in their position through no fault of their own.

IF YOU CAN HELP

Learn more about LifeSpin and the work they do HERE

Learn about their Christmas Program and how to sponsor a family HERE. It is very simple and the difference you will be making is immeasurable.

 

 

 

 

Struggling at Christmas

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Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but even more so for families with children who are deep into the Christmas Spirit. For many parents though, this time of year brings heartache, guilt, and dread due to lack of funds. We all know that Christmas is not about the gifts, but a little holiday joy can sure go a long way. If you are one of those parents who are struggling, now is the time to reach out and get help.

TOYS FOR TOTS

Toys for Tots is a volunteer-run program that donates toys to parents who cannot afford to buy them for their children 0-14 years old. Low income families must register through a social service agency. Agencies include, but are not limited to:

Addiction Services Thames Valley

Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services and Zhaawanong Shelter

Boys and Girls Club of London

Carrefour des Femmes du Sud-Ouest de l’Ontario

Children’s Aid Society

Clarke Road Shelter

Community Living London

Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre

Hutton House Learning Centre

Keeping Kids Warm

London Abused Women’s Centre

Merrymount Children’s Centre

Mutual Aid Parenting Program

N’Amerind Friendship Centre

Oneida Nation Headstart Program

Pathways Skill Development and Placement Centre

Single Women in Motherhood

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Teen Challenge Farm

Thames Valley Children’s Centre

Women’s Community House

WOTCH Community Mental Health Services

Unity Project

Vanier Children’s Services

Salvation Army Christmas Hamper/Angel Tree

The Salvation Army collects toys through their seasonal Angel Tree’s and provides families in need with a Christmas hamper filled with food for a traditional Christmas meal and a gift for each child. For more information, please see their website or contact the local office.

School Board

If your children are of school age, you may be able to receive help from other families within your board. Teachers and principals will often put forward names or information about families in need in their school which will be supported anonymously by different groups. Please contact someone in your child’s school that you are comfortable sharing with.

Local Church

Many churches and parishes in London provide Christmas hampers or gifts to families in their parish or area. Some may be limited to parishioners only, some will be open to anyone living within the area. Parish staff may also be able to refer you to other places that can help you at this time.

Do not be afraid to ask for help and do not wait. Most people fall into a position of needing help through events that are out of their control and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Services are there for you.