Family and Children's Services
Services à la famille et à l'enfance

2017 Tree of Hope our most successful holiday appeal in more than 100 years

Campaign helped 825 clients and raised more than $30,000
2017 has been the most successful year in the more than 100 year history of the Tree of Hope holiday appeal. The annual campaign by Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington has raised a record amount of money and helped 825 clients with toys, clothing, food and other things they needed over the holiday season.

“This has been one of the best Tree of Hope campaigns ever and it’s all thanks to the generosity of this community,” said Steve Woodman, Executive Director. “We’ve been helping our clients over the holiday season almost since we started in 1894. It’s nice to know that this year we’ve given more help than ever before.”

The campaign provided toys, clothing, food and other things to 825 clients this year. Compared to last year, the number of children and teens increased and the number of adults decreased, while the number of babies under the age of one stayed the same. Nearly half of those helped by the Tree of Hope were between the ages of one and eight. A third of the clients helped by the Tree of Hope were outside of Kingston, including more than 100 in Napanee alone. From Sharbot Lake to Odessa, the campaign reached into almost every community of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. The number of sponsors, who took names of children and bought gifts for them, increased more than 30 percent this year. 

In the last week of the campaign the Tree of Hope roared past its $25,000 goal to raise more than $30,000 – the most ever raised by the annual holiday appeal. 

Nearly two dozen volunteers and Agency staff worked on the Tree of Hope, including many evenings and weekends in the closing days of the campaign. 

“We want to thank everyone who worked on the Tree of Hope this year, those who supported it and those who followed the campaign on social media. This was a team effort,” said Woodman.

Online donations to the Tree of Hope continue to December 31st. More information is available at the Campaign website: 


Donate to the Tree of Hope

Go online with a credit card to make a donation to the Tree of Hope. 

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Besides your email, we need your phone number, mailing address and name if you want to make a donation. NOTE: The deadline for sponsoring an individual child or family has passed. All toy and gift donations must be received by December 15. 

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Tax receipts

Charitable tax receipts will be issued early in 2017 and will be sent by mail. 

We welcome all donations of new toys, clothes and other items we receive from the public for the Tree of Hope. To qualify for a charitable tax receipt, we follow these rules.

  • We issue tax receipts for gifts with a fair market value of $20.00 or more.
  • An agency donation tracking form will need to be completed and submitted with your gift, providing your name, address and phone number.  This information is required for mailing the charitable receipt and to contact you if we have any questions.
  • Itemized receipts from the store(s) where the gifts were purchased need to be attached to the donation form in order to accurately produce the charitable receipt. 
  • To facilitate the appropriate distribution of donated items, please ensure the gifts are unwrapped or in a gift bag.


Gifts of money – by credit card, cheque or cash – will be receipted for $20.00 or more.

  • Dropped off/Mailed. Donations of money dropped off at our offices will need to be accompanied by the agency’s donation tracking form.  As described above, this form includes your name, address and phone number and is used for mailing the charitable receipt and to contact you if we have any questions
  • Online. We offer 24/7 online donations through our fundraising catalogue. All you need is a credit card. 


We take the privacy of the children and families we serve very seriously. We cannot identify any of the children or families that benefit from the Tree of Hope. This also makes it difficult for us to honour requests for feedback from kids who received your donations of toys. Thank you for understanding.

How we use donated money

The money we raise from the Tree of Hope will primarily go towards Christmas. We’ll use it to buy toys, cribs, and other items our families need over the holiday season. Any money left over will be sent to our Summer Camp program, which sends some of the kids we serve to summer camps across our two counties. More information about how we spend charitable dollars can be found at our listing at the Canada Revenue Agency. Our Charitable Giving Number is 11901 3332 RR 0001.