ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services has just launched their annual winter Gift of Care campaign. Through this campaign, ONE CARE is asking for donations to support the many people who need care during a season that can be challenging and isolating. This campaign is crucial to ensuring seniors and older adults with health challenges living in Huron and Perth counties can receive the support they need not only throughout the holidays, but the winter months as well.
“The Gift of Care allows our community to reach out, through us, and care for someone who needs help,” says Kathy Scanlon, Executive Director, ONE CARE. “Weather conditions make it difficult for our clients to travel independently to look after care or basic living needs, and prevents them from seeing loved ones or having visitors. This can affect their physical and mental health. At a time when bills for things like heating their home are high, those with low incomes may struggle to pay for the services they need.”
The holiday season is a time to remember and celebrate the many gifts in our lives, and a time to consider giving to those in need of essential care. Donations can be made in honour of someone in lieu of a material gift, or in memory of a loved one, and can be made in any amount. To make a donation, visit www.onecaresupport.ca/donate.
This year with each donation, a ONE CARE client will receive a hand crocheted blanket made and donated by the Crochet Club of London. The blankets will provide comfort and warmth to someone in need, like the care ONE CARE provides.
“The meaning behind giving a blanket demonstrates appreciation and admiration for that person,” says Marion Honsberger, Crochet Club of London. “We are happy to be able to contribute to the great work that ONE CARE does by donating handmade blankets so they can keep our community safe and warm this winter.”
Last year alone, ONE CARE’s wide range of services helped over 7,500 people, and provided over 92,500 hours of care. As a charitable, not-for-profit organization, ONE CARE relies on donations to ensure they can continue to help people live at home. The net proceeds for all gifts and fundraising events for ONE CARE are directed towards clients in need of financial subsidy, and the purchase and maintenance of essential program equipment and facilities.
The following are just a few examples of how your support can help a friend, neighbour or loved one in need:
- A $70 donation can support someone with Home Help for one hour per week, for one month.
- A $90 donation can support someone with one day per week at the Adult Day Program for one month.
- A $100 donation can support someone with Meals on Wheels three times per week for one month.
By giving the Gift of Care, you are giving someone a gift that means something and improves their quality of life. Every gift matters to someone.