The following is a winning entry in the Today’s Parent For Kids’ Sake Reader with a Cause award. Margaret Morin-Lazar, the author and former member of Project SHARE’s Participation Program, was featured in the January, 2009 issue.
In her own words…..
Project SHARE helps families in Niagara Falls. This organization is a food bank, housing help centre, literacy advocate (reading club), and offers life skills, counseling and funding for families. They do so MUCH more as well. I am a member of Project SHARE’s Participation Program. This program consists of families volunteering to help with the organization. In addition to our regular pickups, we receive clothing, toys, household items and expensive tickets to family attractions like Marineland. There are opportunities to be in the Canada Day and Santa Claus parades, summer barbecues and holiday parties, and the list goes on.
This program has helped me out so much. It allows me to take my three-year-old son and our friends and their children to family outings that would normally not fit into my budget. They provide transportation as well for some of these events. We receive lovely Christmas baskets delivered to our home through the Christmas program. The basket contains a turkey and tons of holiday food and presents for my son. Last Christmas he received $200 or more worth of toys/educational toys.
I suffer from depression so this charity really brightens up my life as well as my son’s. He loves going to Project SHARE and interacting with all of the friendly staff members. He was even in the newspaper coverage of our annual Spring Fling party. He won a coloring contest for Easter and received a huge bunny and a basket with toys in it. He loves Project SHARE and so do I. It’s a place where everyone fits in no matter what your income or disposition. Please consider this charity for your contest. They do so much for our city. They do so much for children and expecting parents like providing free baby items or vouchers for food. They really deserve it!!
by Margaret Morin-Lazar
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