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.
New for 2018, we are updating our format to a Web-A-Thon, which will be streamed live here on our website through the generosity of NSLive. The show is also available to watch after the Webathon is over.
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.
In more than 40 years of operations, we have supported over 28,000 children. We help an average of 220 families per year.
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. – Program Recipient.
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. Please find us on facebook for current details and 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. – Program Recipient
Every year we offer our Toy Drive each year with spectacular results. Locations can vary from year to year, with this year’s hosts at Chuck Porter MLA and Kent Building Supplies.
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.
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. – Wishbook Family Parent
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. – Wishbook Donor