Making A Difference CAA by fionan


									2007 Holiday Sharing Guide
Charlotte, Kings, and St. John Counties

Making A Difference

Free Activities
Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov. 30, 6:00pm Loyalist Plaza, Saint John St. Andrews Town Hall & Market Square Tree Lighting and Caroling—Nov. 30, 5:30pm 6:30pm.

A guide for those who want to give … and those who are seeking help.
This year the Human Development Council is asking you to make a difference for individuals and families in our region. Donate a gift for children, teens, adults or seniors. Drop off nonperishable food items to a local food drive or a food bank. Make a donation to a non-profit agency. Give the gift of time - volunteer. Call the Saint John Volunteer Centre, 506-658-1555, or the Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County, 506-466-4995. Other Ways to Give... Being alone can be particularly difficult during the holiday season. Many individuals, nursing home residents, single parents, and seniors would appreciate the gift of a visit, a drive in the country, or an invitation to a meal with you and your family. Useful items for anyone on fixed or low income include: gift certificates for haircuts or manicures, pre-paid long distance cards, transportation / bus passes, movie passes, membership to a fitness centre or sports program, gift of a food basket including small canned goods, crackers, soups mixes and cookies, a subscription to a newspaper or magazine or, stationary/postage stamps.

Santa Claus Parades:
- Uptown Saint John - Nov. 17, 6:00pm - Saint John West - Nov. 24, 1:00pm - Towns of Quispamsis & Rothesay Nov. 24, 6:00pm - Town of Sussex - Dec. 1, 6:30pm - Town of St. Andrews – Firemen’s Candlelight Parade - Dec. 1, 6:00pm - Town of St. Stephen - Dec. 1, 1:00pm Festive Family Skate, W.C. O’Neill Arena Complex, Dec. 1, (after parade), a free evening of skating. Lighting of the Menorah at the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, 29 Wellington Row, Dec 4, 7:00pm, refreshments at the Synagogue to follow. Rothesay Recreation Skate with Santa – Dec. 9, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Rothesay Arena. Free hot chocolate. Tim Horton’s Holiday Skate: • Harbour Station, Saint John, Dec. 23, 12:30pm-2:30pm, Dec. 28, 6:45pm-8:45pm. • 8th Hussars Sports Centre, Sussex, Dec. 26-28, Noon-1:00pm The New Brunswick Museum - free admission Dec. 27-30. Quispamsis Memorial Arena – free public skate, Dec 31, 10:00am-12:00noon 8th Hussars Sports Centre Sussex— free family skate, Jan. 1-5, call for times, 432-4573

Thank-you to Holiday Sharing Guide Sponsors

Kiwanis Club of Saint John

Do You Need Help?
Community Assistance Programs
If you, or someone you know, are currently receiving assistance from a community service or agency, contact the agency directly to learn about any holiday assistance programs they have in place. The following list provides information on some of the holiday assistance programs in the region.

Toys/Gifts/Food Baskets
The Empty Stocking Fund - Greater Saint John area - provides gifts for needy children. Apply through Telegraph Journal Office, 210 Crown Street, Saint John, or through local churches. Applications must be received by November 23. Salvation Army Sussex provides Christmas hampers and gifts to needy individuals and families. Apply at the office by Dec 17, 79 Main St. Sussex, or call 433-4561. Greater Saint John Community Christmas Exchange - register by December 12 with your social worker or a local church to receive a food hamper for Christmas. Sussex Sharing Club - receiving applications until November 30 for Christmas boxes for people who need assistance in the Sussex area. Pick up application at the Club, 8 Court St., Tues and Thurs, 10:00am-2:30pm, 433-6047. Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County registers names of individuals and families in need of Christmas food hampers and gifts. Call 466-4995 to register.

Holiday Meals
Dec. 6 - Feast of Christmas, open to all. 11:45– 2:00pm, Salvation Army Residential Services, St. James St. Saint John. Free - call ahead to pick up ticket, 6347021. Dec. 14 - Main Street Baptist Church, 211 Main St, Saint John North, offers a holiday meal for all North End residents in need, Noon. Dec. 25 - Romero House, 647-669 Brunswick Drive, Saint John. (Romero House is open 365 days per year). Dec. 25 - Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County is holding a free Christmas Dinner, 2:00pm at the Branch #48 Legion for anyone who is alone over the holidays. Register at the Volunteer Centre at 466-4995 by Dec. 14.

Looking for information on community services?
The Community Services Database is your link to information on community, social, government, and health services. Find the database at, or or call the Community Information Centre 633.4636/INFO / 1.877.322.4636

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Do You Want to Help?
How to Make a Difference
Angels Anonymous - toy drive for Salvation Army. Drop off toys at Dairy Queen Restaurants (Rothesay Ave., Wellesley Ave., and Hampton Rd., Rothesay) Children's Book Drive - (toddlers to teens) Coles Bookstore, Lancaster Mall, West Saint John. Purchase a book at this location and Coles will donate it to Romero House. Christmas Angels Program - RCMP District 3, 530 Main St, Hampton. Collects new toys, new clothing, and non-perishable food items for the Hampton Food Bank. Drop off between 8:00am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri, Nov. 27 - Dec. 15. Christmas Daddies - Dec. 2. Live television broadcast. Funds raised are returned to the community from which they originated and are distributed by The Salvation Army in the form of toys, gifts, clothing, and food. NB Coordinator 857-2616. Christmas Miracle - Salvation Army and Maritime Broadcasting (Big John FM, CFBC, K-100) providing an on-air program of matching a Christmas wish with a donor. Example: Barbie doll for a 10 year old girl. Coats for Kids - sponsored by Acadia Broadcasting Ltd., Country 94, The Wave, The Tide 98.1. In Saint John: coats, hats, mitts, scarves, etc. can be dropped off at any New System Laundry, and McAllister Place Mall until the end of November; clothing is distributed by Saint John Boys and Girls Club. In St. Stephen drop off at The Tide, 112 Milltown Blvd, clothing is distributed by the Volunteer Centre Charlotte County. Community Christmas Exchange - develops and maintains a registration list of needy families. The Exchange takes the names of sponsors (individuals, groups, corporate, and churches) willing to provide food hampers. To sponsor a family or to donate, call 634-7868. Dolan Road Irving, Rothesay - Turkey Drive, Dec. 1-15, for families from Sussex to St. Stephen. If unable to drop off turkey, pick up can be arranged, call 847-2600. Eastern Charlotte Lions Christmas Telethon Nov 24, 1:00pm-6:00pm at the Clubhouse in Pennfield. Funds raised provide those in need with dinners, candy, clothes, toys, and sundries. Call 755-3713 for information or to donate. Empty Stocking Fund - accepts financial donations used to provide toys and gifts to needy children in Saint John. Broadcast on television Nov. 24. To donate, call the Empty Stocking Fund 645-3234. Grocery Carts - Main Street Baptist Church, 211 Main St, North. Provides groceries and gifts (clothing, toys, mitts, hats, and candy for children and youth) for North End residents. The church accepts financial contributions and donations of clean accessories (hats, mitts, gloves, scarves), and non-perishable food items. Harbour Lights - CBC Saint John and Port Saint John. Pay $2 to light a bulb on the tree at Harbour Passage, contributions donated to area food banks, 632-7710. Dec. 3-21 Knits for Kids - West Branch Library, Lancaster Mall, Saint John. Donations of knitted goods, hats, mitts, and scarves, to be distributed to Hestia House and Romero House. Mitten Tree-Trinity Anglican Church, Charlotte St. Saint John. Collecting mittens, hats and scarves for distribution by the Inner City Youth Ministry, 693-8558 Saint John Seafarers Mission - provides gift boxes to seafarers visiting the Saint John Port during the Christmas season. Call for information on how you can contribute, 635-1731. Salvation Army Kettle Drive - begins Nov. 23. Salvation Army Saint John: – has a list of individuals and families in need - to sponsor a family call 634-1633. - Turkey Drive –drop off turkeys at the following fire stations: Loch Lomond Road, Leinster Street, Manchester Ave, and Millidge Ave. Saint John, or at the Salvation Army, Waterloo St. Salvation Army Sussex provides Christmas hampers and gifts to needy individuals and families. Drop off donations at 79 Main St. Sussex, or call 433-4561. St. George & Area Food Bank - Turkey Drive. Drop off frozen turkeys by Dec. 14 to Vocational Plus, 124 Main St, St. George. Call for pick-up, 755-3730. Volunteer Centre Charlotte County - to sponsor a family in Charlotte County contact the Centre, 466-4995.
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Food Banks

Clothing Outlets

Food banks require donations all year, not just during the holiday season. Please contact the following food banks and clothing programs to make a donation - they will benefit greatly from your generosity. If you need assistance please call the food banks and clothing outlets before dropping by - many of these services change hours during the holiday season.


Saint John Locations Community Food Basket of Saint John 215 Charlotte St. Lakewood Headstart Association 234 St. Martins Road, Saint John North End Food Assistance Group 120 Adelaide St. Saint John East Food Bank Inc 105 Wilton St. West Side Food Bank 1216 Sand Cove Rd. River Valley Food Bank Inc. 3224 Westfield Rd, Martinon

652-2707 696-6164 634-7403 633-8298 635-1060 738-2088

• Saint John Locations Caring Closet, Hillcrest United Baptist Church 476 Lancaster Avenue, Saint John West 635-8000
Cornerstone Baptist Church 42 Leinster St. Lakewood Headstart Association 234 St Martins Road, Saint John Romero House 647-649 Brunswick Dr. St. Luke’s Anglican Church 369 Main St. North St Vincent De Paul Society 146 Waterloo St. United Church Clothing Depot 68 Carleton St. 652-2290 696-6164 642-7447 693-4152 634-3097 657-3150


Charlotte County Locations Action Ministries of Grand Manan, Immanuel Pentecostal Assembly, 749 Route 776 Rd, Grand Manan Deer Island Food Bank, c/o Joyce Stuart Richardson, NB St. George Food Bank, 124 Main St. Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County 199 Union St., St. Stephen

662-1888 747-2053 755-3730 466-4995


Charlotte County Locations Action Ministries of Grand Manan, Immanuel Pentacostal Assembly 749 Route 776, Grand Manan Fundy Region Transition House Inc. St. Stephen Volunteer Center of Charlotte County Inc. 199 Union St., St Stephen

662-1888 466-4485 466-4995


Kings County Locations Hampton Clothing and Food Bank 22 Church St., St. Alphonsus Church Deacon’s Cupboard Kingston Peninsula Kennebecasis Valley Food Basket 346 Hampton Rd., Quispamsis River Road Food Bank, Browns Flat

832-4340 (Co-ordinator)


Kings County Locations Hampton Clothing and Food Bank 22 Church St., St. Alphonsus Church Sussex Sharing Club, 8 Court St.

832-4340 (Co-ordinator) 433-6047

832-7294, 763-3183 847-5854 468-2627 433-3302 433-6047

Salvation Army, Sussex Corps, 79 Main St. Sussex Sharing Club, 8 Court St.

Human Development Council
PO Box 6125, Station A, Saint John, NB E2L 4R6 Phone: 506-634-1673, E-mail:
A United Way Agency

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