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Hope for Children
December 9, 2011 permalink
Usually fixcas ignores promotional articles planted in the press by CAS. But since the Niagara region has been a recent focus of opposition, here it is:
Gift of Hope enhances the lives of children
FACS and The Tribune partners in holiday campaign
WELLAND — Family and Children's Services Niagara can sometimes get a bad rap.
"We can't advertise, and people get a misconstrued idea of what we do. They think of us as the 'bad guys,'" says Mary Iannazzo, the president of FACS Niagara Foundation, the agency's fundraising arm.
In reality, the opposite is the case, as one can tell with the Gift of Hope campaign, a campaign that raises money to enhance the lives of children. Last year the community helped to send more than 300 children to camp and provided bursaries to 20 young adults to continue with their education.
"Just last week, I spoke to one young woman in her early 20s who had been in foster care since she was five and has gone to camp every year since," said FACS spokeswoman Ann Godfrey. "It's rewarding,"
Although money will continue to be spent on the camps and bursaries this year, Godfrey is also interested in financing some initiatives to help adolescents. One of these programs is New Outlooks and Beginnings.
"Usually parents assist youth in preparing for the outside," Iannazzo said. "It's unfortunate, but these kids don't get that. They need not only the financial support, but the emotional support to step out into the world." People can donate to FACS by calling 905-937-7731 ext. 3304 or by visiting www.facsniagara.on.ca and clicking on the Gift of Hope icon. People can also mail a cheque to FACS Foundation at Box 24028 in St. Catharines, L2R 7P7.
Schools, groups and businesses are also encouraged to host small events, take a collection or donate in lieu of a gift. FACS can provide a certificate for the donor to give to the honoree, and The Tribune will run recognition ads for sponsors of $2,500 or more (the cost of a bursary), as well as large recognition ads listing all donors and their honorees.
The Tribune is again partnering with FACS by providing coverage of the Gift of Hope campaign in upcoming articles this month.
Source: Welland Tribune
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