John Howard Society of the Central and South Okanagan

We are putting up our Giving Tree in our social enterprise cafe. The Giving Tree will have tags on it that name a gift that one of the residents in one of our 90+ units of housing would appreciate for Christmas. Each year we have many clients who, for one reason or another, have a really hard time at Christmas. They have barely enough to live frugally on, and none of them have extra money for gifts for others, let alone themselves. We give our cafe customers the opportunity to take a tag from the tree and purchase the gift ($10 limit) and bring it back. At Christmas we provide a dinner for all of our residents and give them their gift. Donations from Giving Tuesday will ensure that each of our residents and participants, struggling with addiction, mental health issues or other disabilities will receive a personalized gift and a hot meal.