The Foundation’s annual Holiday Season Celebration was a magical afternoon held in Toronto’s gorgeous Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Attended by children and families in contact with children’s aid societies across the Greater Toronto Area, mountains of toys, food, and holiday fun (including a visit from Santa himself) all made-up a truly wonderful celebration enjoyed by guests, volunteers, and Foundation staff alike.
Cindy Gahunia and Cathy Ramsamujh are two seasoned volunteers who have become members of the extended Foundation family for over a decade. Partaking in the Holiday Season Celebration each year, both Cindy and Cathy enjoy the opportunity to meet and interact with the vulnerable children we serve.
“If it wasn’t for the Foundation, these kids wouldn’t get this great experience and these great memories,” says Cathy. “It’s just fantastic hearing how happy they are; and also at Recognition Night when we talk to some of the teenagers who are in university now, and you hear their stories, you’re just happy that you were able to do something to be a part of that.”
“If it wasn’t for the Foundation, these kids wouldn’t get this great experience and these great memories.”
While both ladies have been volunteers at all of the Foundation’s signature events (i.e. Women’s Golf Classic, Joe Carter Classic, Teddy Bear Affair), they view the Holiday Season Celebration as the highlight. “It just makes you feel so good that they [kids in the care system] get to have a Christmas and you watch their faces,” says Cindy. “And I’ve had so many kids hug me, just saying ‘thank you’. They’re just so sweet.”
Providing gifts and necessities to hundreds of children and families, the celebration is an eye-opening experience for many who are unaware of those in their communities struggling to make ends meet this holiday season.
“The staff [at the Foundation] have always been so fantastic and so appreciative of everything that we are able to do,” says Cathy.
“Because we’ve been here so long I appreciate that they recognize the hard work that we do,” explains Cindy. “It’s a good feeling whether we’re the kids or we’re helping the Foundation staff because they make you feel so welcome.”