Thank you to our wonderful community for their donations to make Christmas possible at Blake House!
As many of you may have heard, our Adrian Benjamin, Multifaith Housing Initiative’s Community Engagement Manger, was left in shock when he opened the back of his vehicle to discover all the Blake House tenants’ donated Christmas gifts had been stolen while parked overnight at his home in Barrhaven.
The would-be criminal made off with toys donated by The Ottawa Police Service and Toy Mountain (value unknown), gift cards to local grocery stores generously donated by MacKay United Church (valued at $600.00), and 2023 calendars donated by members of the Barrhaven United Church.
We are thrilled to announce that through assistance from the community, we replaced all of the Christmas gifts for the children and were able to increase the value of the gift cards for each household.
Santa's sleigh was once again flying as we hand-delivered the gifts on Friday January 6th 2023. We cannot thank the community enough for their generous donations that made this Grinch story a happy ending.
Here are a few photos we snapped in the process.