The Christmas Campaign is an extension of the White Cross Program which provides social recreational activities for people 18 years and older who experience mental or emotional health problems. Members of White Cross often find that their opportunities for socialization are limited, hence the reason for the program. Feelings of isolation can be exasperated during the holidays. White Cross volunteers actively seek donations to include in gift packages to members who might not have a network of friends and family to gather with over the holidays, and/or the financial resources to invest in small necessities and luxuries. These small gifts and acts of kindness go a long way in ensuring the recipients feel valued and maintain good spirits during a time which can be particularly hard for some.
In 2017 the Christmas Campaign resulted in over 700 gifts being distributed to individuals from across the province.
SOUGHT AFTER ITEMS
Hats • Mitts • Socks • Gloves • Toothbrush • Tooth Paste • Deodorant • Shampoo ·Conditioner • Razors • Shaving Cream • Calendars • Books • Chocolates • Sugar Free Candies • Coffee and other gift cards
DONATION BOX LOCATIONS
Fitzroy Centre, CMHA-PEI Office, Hillborough Hospital, Price-Mart (next to PetSmart), Queens County Residential Services, McGill Centre, Richmond Centre, Sherwood Drug Mart, Bingo World, Parkdale/Sherwood Lions Club Bingo, Confederation Library
Notre Dame Place/CMHA Office, The Medicine Shoppe, Shoppers
Brays Independent, Alberton Pharmacy, Hope Centre
O’Leary Farmer’s Co-op
Donation boxes will be picked up in Charlottetown on December 6thand in Prince County on December 13th.
This year the Prince Edward Island Marathon has issued a 30 Day Challenge to past participants and all Islanders to raise money which will be prioritized to the White Cross Christmas Program. The top individual and team fundraisers will get some pretty amazing prizes! Click HERE to learn more.
Not interested in joining the 30 Day Challenge, but would like to make a donation? You can donate online, by calling (902) 566-3031, in person at 178 Fitzroy Street or by mailing a cheque made out to Canadian Mental Health Assoc. PEI to P.O. Box 785, Charlottetown, PE C0A 7L9.