FRANK LEO & ASSOCIATES HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE 2020:
for Emily’s House Children’s Hospice in Memory of Ava
Dear Frank Leo & Associates’ clients, friends, agents and family,
With thanks to you, last year Emily’s House children’s hospice overflowed with a mountain of toys and holiday gifts. This year, our Frank Leo & Associates holiday gift drive is going to be low-contact, due to COVID-19, for the safety of these medically-fragile children.
In response to COVID-19, Emily’s House has been providing music therapy, recreational play video broadcasts of accessible activities, respite programming, and Zoom group supports … to help these children and their families. From a physical distance, they have been delivering normalcy, fun and joy. Therapies and activities for children are being modified, adapted and delivered as safely as possible … to add quality to life.
To do this more effectively, technology needs to be in the hands of these families. So, this year’s holiday wish list includes items like tablets, computer laptops, chrome books and gift cards. This year we are encouraging the online donations of funds which will be collected to make a group purchase of technology for children receiving hospice care.
Your donations will make a difference for a child, like Lucas, and his family.
A child is born … and a love story begins. In 2018, Baby Lucas’s parents shared: “We had to make a choice. Something I wish no one ever would have to make: an impossible choice. We chose to stop the aggressive medical intervention and to focus on enjoying the time we had left with Lucas…. Emily’s House is a children’s hospice: a place to be free with Lucas in a non-hospital environment. We got to see how he reacted outside of a hospital setting: He loved it. These moments were the best we had with him, but every moment was just one closer to saying goodbye. If we had to say “goodbye,” we wanted to make sure he knew and felt the love all around him. We wanted him to experience a Christmas with his family. We could not have asked for a better present on Christmas day. I know he felt the love from everyone around him, and he honestly never seemed happier to me.”
Donate by December 14th via our FRANK LEO & ASSOCIATES HOLIDAY FUND FOR EMILY’S HOUSE IN MEMORY OF AVA and reach these families this season. (Donations of $20 and greater will be eligible for a charitable tax receipt).
Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care and Emily’s House provides medical respite, practical, emotional, grief and bereavement support to people living with life-limiting illnesses in the comfort of their own home, or in Toronto’s first paediatric residential hospice … plus children’s recreation, music therapy and day camps! Programs support children, adults, caregivers, siblings and survivors at no cost to them.
With appreciation and best wishes from these precious families, Emily’s House, and Frank Leo & Associates!
Emily’s House Virtual Tour (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnpa_Vbu6RE
Emily’s House: Thank You Letter Read in a Coffee Shop (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6VsM0v2Wyg
Ava’s Story (news article): https://www.emilyshouse.ca/our-stories/ava-and-avas-garden-story/
Baby Lucas’s Story (news article): https://www.emilyshouse.ca/our-stories/baby-lucas/
Emily’s House recent videos: https://www.emilyshouse.ca/videos/