This time of the year marks the beginning of ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services’ essential fundraising campaign that supports seniors and people with health challenges living right here in our community. During a time when many celebrate the holidays by sharing a meal with loved ones and visiting friends, we see seniors struggling to care for their loved ones, people with health challenges being isolated and unable to interact with their community because they don’t have access to an accessible vehicle, and individuals not able to enjoy a warm meal over the holidays because they are unable to cook for themselves. That is why ONE CARE’s Gift of Care campaign is crucial in our community.
“Our focus is on providing the best quality of health and wellbeing to our clients,” says Kathy Scanlon, Executive Director at ONE CARE. “During this season of giving, we are encouraging people to join us as a monthly donor and give a few cents a day to support not only our clients today, but future clients as well. If we can encourage 30 new monthly donors this season at $10 a month, think of the tremendous impact we can make in our community.”
This year, ONE CARE hopes that you will consider making a long-lasting impact by becoming a monthly donor, and giving the Gift of Care all year long. This allows you to give in a sustainable way, with donations that are manageable for your budget. Big or small, you can decide how much you would like to give. For example, you can support someone in need for the cost of one coffee per week ($10 a month or around .33 cents a day.)
When a new monthly donor signs up, ONE CARE will send a warm blanket to a client, generously donated by the Crochet Club of London. The agency welcomes one-time donations as well for those looking to make a difference in the lives of people living in their community. All donations go directly towards a client in need of financial subsidy, and the purchase and maintenance of essential program equipment and facilities.
Jane Dumais, Care Planner for ONE CARE, delivered the first blanket. “Beverly was so grateful for the blanket,” says Jane. “She told me that our Meals on Wheels program is helping her tremendously as she can’t prepare hot meals for herself right now. Our services help our clients with basic needs that we might take for granted so they can continue to live at home independently.”
Give the Gift of Care the holiday season. For more information or to donate visit www.onecaresupport.ca or call 1-877-502-8277.