Annual Christmas Angels Telethon
Raising over $30,000 in 8 hours.
We can only do it with your generosity and support.
The Hants County Christmas Angels Telethon is our signature fundraising event. Held each year on the first Sunday of December, all funds raised go to local families. The more we raise, the more children and families we can help. It's as simple as that.
As a recipient of the Christmas Angels program, I can only say... it has helped so much. I was very afraid and didn't know where to turn or how to cope with not having any money for Christmas. I felt lost and weak inside and out. This program helped me with not only gifts for my children and things for me as well, but with hugs and emotional support when I most needed it.
In more than 40 years
families each year
Everyone in the community works hard to help the Christmas Angels succeed. Local schools, fire departments, organizations, individuals, and businesses all work together. Almost 250 volunteers bring the Telethon to our community. Musical performers donate their time too, and we showcase the huge range of talent in Hants County.
Building a partnership with Matthew 25 Food Bank and the Salvation Army helps us to ensure that our help is distributed as fairly and widely as possible within Hants County. We also try to make sure that families who don't meet the income requirements but are still struggling (the "working poor") were supported wherever possible.
Annual Toy Drive
Annual Toy Drive
Our Annual Toy Drive helps supplement our Tree of Hope program.
Every year, the need gets bigger. To meet our need for children's gifts, we offer a Toy Drive hosted by two local businesses. Starting in November, you can donate a new, unwrapped toy to one of the participating locations.
This projects runs in conjunction with our Tree of Hope program. Please do not wrap your donations - we need to be able to see the item to match it with the right child.
I know people think families with older children shouldn't need help because kids should understand… my kids do understand and for that reason they don't ask for large price items… but sometimes even just the few simple items they want we cannot do.
Toy Drive and Trees of Hope
gift tags filled each year
Tree of Hope locations
Each year, two local businesses host our Toy Drive, and others host our Tree of Hope program.
Chuck Porter MLA and Rose Real Estate host our Toy Drive each year with spectacular results. If you are a business owner and would like to host a Toy Drive in your location, please let us know.
Trees of Hope can be found in many locations, and can vary a bit from year to year. Windsor Home Hardware, Swinamer's Home Building, and Lakeland Variety Store in Mount Uniacke are just a few of our dedicated supporters. If you are a business owner and would like to have a Tree of Hope in your location, please let us know.
Spreading awareness of kindness.
The Christmas Angels Kindness Program began in 2014. Local schools were invited to have their students create a "kindness portrait".
The feedback is overwhelmingly positive. Each year, a small group of volunteers collects and displays from 700-1,000 portraits in the Community Centre.
It warms my heart to see the walls filled with kindness.
Provide Christmas for a whole family.
Perfect for businesses or groups, we'll match your group with a family on our list.
Your group will provide gifts, the meal, and maybe even some extras to bring Christmas to the whole family. It's a wonderful way to share in the spirit of giving at Christmas.
Being a Wishbook recipient was the start of a happy time of HOPE for my family, to see a smile on my kids’ faces when things were hard for us.
The gift of sharing
wishbook families (2015)
If you or your group would like to make a huge difference for a family in need, please contact us.
As to why we support the Wish book, we all live or grew up in the community and love supporting this cause as most of us also have children of our own. If things were different we would hope that people would support the cause if we [ourselves] had to use the Wishbook or Christmas Angels. We also love the fact that funds raised for the Christmas Angels stays right here in our community.