When children and youth come into our Teaching Homes, they often bring very few of their own belongings. Not only have they been separated from their families and brought into a new environment, they may no longer have the things that bring them comfort, like a soft blanket or a favourite book.

You can help kids separated from their families feel safe, comfortable and cared for when you sign up for A Reason to Smile.

Your gift packages will enrich the lives of children who have experienced trauma and loss in their lives, and you will contribute to a nurturing, safe and healing environment in our Teaching Homes. You will be giving kids the comfort they need to overcome their challenges and grow into successful young adults.

Learn more about our Teaching Homes here.

Select a month to fundraise, purchase or collect gifts for youth in care:

January May September
February June October
March July November
April August December

Rally your friends, family or co-workers to give kids items and opportunities that can impact their lives for years to come. Whether you would like to shop on your own or fundraise and make a financial donation for Closer to Home to purchase the items on your behalf, you will be giving kids a reason to smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Closer to Home need my help?

While we ensure all of the children’s basic needs are met, it can be challenging to provide extra things, like a trip to the movies or new clothes for school. These little extras give the kids comfort and hope during this difficult time in their lives.

What sorts of items are usually in need?

Things like single/twin bed-in-a-bag sets, grocery gift cards, haircut gift cards and recreation passes are always in need. We also like to include some fun seasonal ideas on each month’s wish list, like passes to the Calgary Stampede in July, or Halloween craft supplies in October. When you sign up, we will send you a full wish list for your chosen month.

How much should I budget for?

Whether you are purchasing gifts or fundraising, most donors average $100 per youth, and each Teaching Home currently has five to six youths. You can sign up to support one or multiple homes – the choice is yours.

Depending on your budget, you may want to purchase all the needs for the month or focus on a few key items.

How can I set up my own fundraising page for this cause?

Please contact Jessica at jmelnychuk@closertohome.com or (403) 543-0550, Ext. 250 and indicate when you would like to conduct your fundraising campaign, and how many Teaching Homes you would like to support. We will get a special fundraising page set up just for you, and you can share the link with your group.

Why is there a registration fee?

A suggested minimum registration fee of $25 per home helps Closer to Home administer this initiative and ensure children, youth and families continue receiving the support they need through other programs and services.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

All financial donations, including the registration fee, will receive a tax receipt. In-kind donations of items are not eligible for a tax receipt.

 

If you have any questions or other ideas to support the children and youth in our Teaching Homes, please contact Jessica at (403) 543-0550, Ext. 250 or jmelnychuk@closertohome.com.