The Christmas season can be hard on some people. Some people may be spending their holidays in a hospital bed or in a shelter. The holidays are about sharing, caring and spreading joy. If you are struggling on gift ideas for that special someone in your life who has everything, why not consider a donation in their name to one of our local charities that could really use your support. Fundraising has been an even greater challenge for organizations and charities since COVID, so here are some local organizations that would appreciate your help!

Almonte General Hospital
All throughout the year the Almonte General Hospital has fundraisers going on with the opportunity to donate as well. Some of their past events include Catch the Ace, AGH Run for Women’s Health, AGH Golf Classic Online Auction and a ticket raffle for the chance to win a Chev Blaze. All the money raised goes towards new patient care equipment, renovations, and redevelopment.

Lanark County Interval House
Lanark County Interval House offers emergency and on-going programs to women and children living in or escaping from domestic violence. The programs they offer are a shelter program, women’s program, child & youth program, sexual assault program, second stage housing and family court support. Some different options to support this local business could be a one-time donation or a monthly donation, donate ideas to their shelter wish list, host your own fundraiser or even just volunteer. Items that they are in need of are children’s lunch items, non-perishable food items, baby products, laundry products, kitchen items, bedroom items, household and cleaning products. If you’re struggling to find something to donate consider a gift certificate to a grocery store, Walmart, pharmacies, gas cards or even hardware stores.

Lanark County Food Bank — The Hunger Stop
The Lanark County Food Bank relies on donations to keep up their food supply. Their goal is to provide 5 days’ worth of food, once a month, to families or individuals within our community, such as Almonte, Carleton Place, Blakeney, Pakenham, Appleton, White Lake, Beckwith, Franktown, Ashton, and Innisville.  They have a monthly calendar of food donations that they are most in need of. For the month of December they need cereal, coffee, can of beans, toilet paper, or anything that is in a can. They cannot accept expired, opened or home-made food.  They are located in Carleton Place and are only open Monday through Friday.  If you are not sure what is suitable to donate, they also accept financial donations as well as gift cards to grocery stores.

Which organization are you going to support this holiday season?