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Make the Holidays Special for Sick Children

The holidays are the time of year when people are thankful for what they have, and wanting to give back to their communities.  Of course, one foundation that I fully support and stand behind is The Hospital For Sick Children, and with the holidays approaching, their #GetBetterGifts program.

When children are too ill to go home for Christmas, and stay in hospital over the holidays, it’s a difficult time for them and their families.  Almost 300 children have to stay at SickKids over the holidays.

Bringing the holidays to kids at SickKids

I recently visited the Hospital and met Sitar, who talked about her son Hunter’s long visit at SickKids. One Christmas, Sitar brought “Christmas in a bag” to the hospital, including a mini Christmas tree. But the family didn’t participate in their normal Christmas-related activities, such as baking cookies or making crafts.

“As a parent you get wrapped up in what’s going on with child’s illness but child is still a child and needs a childhood,” she said.

SickKids goes above and beyond to make kids feel normal especially at Christmas time and to help families get into the holiday spirit. The hospital and staff help bring the holidays into the hospital with various activities, such as baking and ornament decorating.

Get Better Gifts

But the hospital can’t do it without our help and generosity. The Get Better Gifts program offers gifts that help children miss home a little less during the holidays. You can truly brighten the lives of the children and families with one of their many gift options.

Many items in hospital can’t be shared due to risk of contamination, so many children must have their own items, such as art supplies, crayons, and video game controllers. Gifts vary from crib mobiles for little ones, to games for all ages, to movie nights for teenagers.

Make the Holidays Special for Sick Children

Arts & Crafts Supplies

Holiday Cooking and Baking Supplies

Make the Holidays Special for Sick Children Baking Supplies

Make twice the difference.

This year specific Get Better Gifts will make twice the impact thanks to Orinoco Foundation, who will generously match your gift. Look for the matching gift tag throughout the website.

Order Deadlines

Order your gifts by December 2nd to have your card sent to any Canadian address by December 24th.

But if you need a last minute gift, PDFs and e-cards are always available. Get all the details and browse the full catalogue of gifts online at GetBetterGifts.com

With Get Better Gifts, not only are you giving a heartfelt gift to someone special, you’re also helping almost 300 children who have to stay at SickKids over the holidays, miss home a little less!

Join Me for the Great Camp Adventure Walk with SickKids

I’ve signed up for the Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk for SickKids Foundation, which takes place on September 24, 2016. The walk provides families a chance to give back and support an extremely important cause in a unique and fun camp themed environment.

SickKids Foundation is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada and raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children.

Participants can participate in either a 5 km, 10 km, 15 km or 20 km walk – the choice is yours. The Walk will benefit SickKids with bring the spirit of summer camp to downtown Toronto.

Last year, 3,000 participants helped to raise an incredible $2.2 million for SickKids last year!

This year, I’ll be fundraising and walking for SickKids with the family! I hope you’ll donate, and also consider registering yourself and doing the walk with me.

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REGISTER

Want to walk too? You can register an individual, form a new team or join an existing team. Sign up here to register. 

Follow the #WalkforSickKids on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to get the latest news and stories.

Proceeds from the Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk go directly to SickKids Foundation, for the hospital’s most urgent needs. SickKids is a world leader in patient care and research discoveries to ensure that every child has a chance to be healthy and happy.

Walk with us!