Give The Gift of Hope This Christmas

Boxes of Hope Campaign aims to make Christmas a possibility for homeless youth

As part of the Barrie 360¬†Greater Good Series¬†we stopped by Youth Haven, a shelter downtown Barrie for homeless youth, to learn about their seasonal “Boxes of Hope” Campaign.

This Barrie 360 feature is presented with Paul Sadlon Motors

Youth Haven aims to sell a minimum of 413 boxes this Christmas because this is the number of youth they have seen come through their doors in the past year.

The campaign runs from November 1st-27th. The goal is to provide a Christmas to the at risk youth who often have no family to go home to or spend the holidays with. Boxes can be purchased for $50 and the funds will go toward things like Christmas gifts, care packages, counselling and support services. It’s about showing these youth that they are cared for and they do matter.

“Just knowing that somebody had thought about him, meant more to him than the gifts.”

Ian MacLennan of Youth Haven’s Board of Directors shared about his experience with some of the shelter’s residents last year who received gifts funded by Boxes of Hope. For some, these were their first Christmas gifts in years. He explained that for one particular youth, just knowing that somebody had thought about him, meant more to him than the gifts he received.

Youth Haven has been in operation since 1987.

This campaign will continue to support the work Youth Haven does to help over 400 homeless youth every year work toward becoming successful adults. It is absolutely crucial that those who come to the shelter receive support by building trust, self-worth, well-being and the necessary skills to rebuild their lives in a safe environment.

Those who come to Youth Haven are taught how to work through their emotions, find work and a place to live in order to move forward from whatever incident has taken place in their life. As the only emergency youth shelter in Barrie, Youth Haven is in tremendous need of support from the community.

Executive Director, Lucy Gowers, is passionate about making a difference in the lives of homeless youth.

This holiday season, you can contribute to Youth Haven’s goal to end chronic and episodic youth homelessness by buying a Box of Hope. “Give hope and help be the difference to change a life for the better.”

To purchase a Box of Hope, click here.