As we approach the end of 2022, we want to give you a glimpse of the dynamic work that we carry out daily in collaboration with our volunteers, serving our parents and children in the community. We recently launched our "First Care Amazon Christmas Wish List" campaign.
Since the start of Covid 19 and specifically during the last months, we have seen an increase in families accessing our First Care Program. We must mention that we continuously receive young mothers and new parents referred from agencies and hospitals in Toronto due to our partnership with them. These partnering institutions include Humber River Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto, Women’s Habitat of Toronto, COSTI Immigration Services and Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre. In the last six months alone, 60 families have been referred and supported by the First Care Program.
In the same period, 22 moms-to-be registered with us have received baby bags containing newborn diapers, baby wipes and essentials to welcome a new baby or, in some cases, twins and even triplets. Currently, our program includes more than 100 registered families, and 63 are parents of children from 0 to 12 months of age.
In addition, we have combined and increased monthly support for our First Care families. Thanks to the financing of DoorDash, each family registered with us has received a $50 gift card. It’s a blessing to our single moms, single teen moms, new parents and, in some cases, newcomers as well; and, more recently, we are also proud to reach out to parents of children with special needs.
As part of our activities, last September, we delivered 37 toddler potties to our registered moms to help them with potty training their children ages 18-24 months. Our goal was to help our moms make potty training easy and fun!
Last week, we started providing diaper-changing pads to our moms to make this everyday process easier, whether moms are at home or outdoors.
In addition, we would like to thank all our donors for the incredible and continued support. Our program could not have been as successful without your participation.