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Our Christmas Wish – ED’s Report Holiday 2019

Lynda Tilley Executive Director
Lynda Tilley, Executive Director

Everyone likes to receive presents during the holidays and you can give a gift that delivers big change in the life of a Toronto child this Christmas.

We URGENTLY need your help. 100 of our most under-served kids remain without sponsorship as we face the year-end. Their need is clear. Our need for your help this season is great.

We made a commitment to you to serve more kids and to serve kids more. In 2019, we succeeded beyond our expectations — and beyond our current budget. Camp grew 43% over the last two summers. After-school programs grew 54% in this school year alone as word from campers traveled back home. For us, saying no to these vulnerable kids just isn’t an option.

We’ve been fighting hard to win back funds not realized, as a result of changes in the marketplace. These funds, give kids like Elise the opportunity to develop self-esteem, resiliency and positive, enduring friendships. We are seeing tremendous change happening. We all know that kids today are more anxious than ever due to technology overuse. Moorelands Kids is doing something about it. Kids are going from never giving up their phones at home, to making real, in-person, connections at camp. Or, as Elise puts it, “Feeling the Friendship.”

You chose us because Moorelands Kids exists to ensure no child is left behind as a result of family income or financial need. We need your help to make this true for our remaining 100 participants in 2019.

We know how much you are already doing. We are beyond grateful to you for your support in this year. And still we must ask you, if you are going to make any additional gifts this year, please consider making it a gift of $1175 (or whatever you can) to the Moorelands Kids’ Happiness Factor Appeal.

Whatever your decision to this special request, I’m grateful to you for believing in our mission and for joining with us to achieve so much good this year.

I truly wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Christmas season.

With gratitude,

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Lynda Tilley
Executive Director, Moorelands Kids

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An Update from Lynda on COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and public health advice to stay at home, Moorelands Kids’ office staff are working remotely and our office will be virtual until June 8th. Staff members are available by email or phone. Please visit our contact page to get in touch via email or our staff directory for a list of phone numbers.

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Government of Ontario announced that overnight camps must remain closed throughout the summer. While we are so sad that Moorelands Camp will not be able to run as usual this year, this news was not unexpected and we understand this decision: the safety of our campers and staff is always our first priority. We are refunding all camp deposits/fees already paid. Details have been emailed to registered camper families.

But we do have some good news! In anticipation of this announcement, we had already made extensive plans for a fun virtual camp experience and we’ll be Sending Camp to Kids this summer! More details coming soon including how to apply starting May 25th!

We commit to maintaining our beautiful camp property. We will continue to do everything we need to do to make sure that we can be at camp next year and for many more years to come! That’s why we need your support now more than ever. If you would like to make a donation, please click here or call: 416-466-9987 ext. 309.

New Virtual Programs Launch!

We're excited to launch virtual leadership programs while TDSB schools are closed. Check them out here: Virtual Programs. We'll be making announcements soon about our new Virtual Camp for summer 2020. Stay tuned!

If you need information on COVID-19 or health advice, please visit Toronto Public Health’s website. Moorelands Kids will continue to post updates about our services as the situation evolves.

Stay safe and healthy,

Lynda Tilley, Executive Director | Moorelands Kids