As we head into the holiday season, the counsellors and staff at Envision Counselling and Support Centre are seeing families in crisis, so they came up with a way the community can help.
“Families are dealing with so much right now, with COVID-19 and the economy in our region. We would like to offer some hope during the holidays by giving these families who are struggling gifts cards to buy what they need,” said Tania Hlohovsky Andrist, Resource Development Coordinator for Envision Counselling.
“Individuals or groups can help us by donating gift cards to be distributed to our families in need, many who are not on the radar of traditional Christmas giving programs,” she said.
Andrist says Envision Counselling routinely provides gift cards to people who need emergency help, based on their situation. Clients may be going without items such as baby supplies or clothing if they are fleeing a relationship without time to properly pack up. They might need gas cards, specifically to attend counselling sessions, when they are isolated in a rural location. And particularly this year, they may be unable to purchase gifts for the holidays.
“Mental health, anxiety, and domestic violence issues can get worse if there’s financial strain as well, so a holiday initiative like this can help to relieve pressure to focus on the primary healing journey,” said Andrist.
“To reach the greatest number of those in need, we believe that gift cards can translate better this Christmas. Donors don’t have to go shopping either. They can pick them up while they’re out shopping for their own needs,” she said.
There are three ways to take part in the Gift Card drive:
• Gift cards can be dropped off at Envision Counselling offices in Estevan, Weyburn, or Carlyle. Please call ahead to make arrangements, as office protocols have changed.
• Put your donation of gift cards in the mail. Address: Envision Counselling and Support Centre, Box 511, Estevan, SK, S4A 2A5.
• Make a monetary donation online. Visit www.envisioncounsellingcentre.com. Choose Gift Card on the menu option, and Envision will purchase cards to distribute during the holidays.
“We have a thoughtful and generous community,” said Andrist. “This is a creative way to make a big impact for our families and bring some hope this holiday season.”