The Holiday Season can be a wonderful time.

For many, it’s a time for gift giving to loved ones.

It’s a time for families to come together and to celebrate.

It’s a time for multi-generations to celebrate and shape collective Holiday memories.

And, it’s a time for lights and decorations, to re-shape family traditions, and to bake or cook traditional cultural treats and foods.

That’s why we invite our youth – including those youth in the “extended care of the society” or who have “aged-out” of official support services – to celebrate the Holidays with FACS Niagara.

We invite them to come “Home for the Holidays.”

For these youth and children, Family & Children’s Service Niagara is their family.

We prepare and serve traditional holiday dinners. Youth raised in care socialize with other youth who share similar experiences. Siblings who cannot reside in the same foster or group home will often attend together and reconnect. For many, this celebration becomes their new Holiday tradition.

And, thanks to the generosity of donors, we are able give each youth a care package – including food, houseware items, and seasonal gifts.

Our youth tell us they look forward to these “Home for the Holidays” events. They tell us that they now feel that they have a family. They tell us that they appreciate “returning home” and that they feel they have somewhere to belong.

For most of the youth who attend, they tell us that this is the closest thing they have to a “traditional” family celebration. And, for many, the gift that we hope to give them this upcoming “Home for the Holidays” will be the only gift they receive this Season.

That’s why we need your help now.

It is only through the generosity of donors like you that we can offer our youth a special Holiday celebration.

With your support through the Niagara FACS Foundation this year, we hope to give 58 youth a “Home for the Holidays.”

A donation of $150 will give one youth a present – a stylish backpack full of special items.

And, your gift of $310 now will give this Holiday gift and the opportunity for one of our youth to come “Home for the Holidays” at other special times throughout the year – at Family Day, Easter, Canada Day, and Thanksgiving.

Or, a donation of $1,850 will sponsor one of the five “Home for the Holidays” celebrations in 2020.

On behalf of the 58 youth who want to celebrate with their FACS Niagara family this season, we appreciate your consideration of a donation this year so they can come “Home for the Holidays.”