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Oakville Shriners bring toys and more for kids with disabilities

December 11, 2013
The Oakville Shriners brought an extra helping of holiday joy to families of children with disabilities on Monday, with their annual delivery of donated toys to ErinoakKids, plus much-needed gift cards with a combined value of more than $1,000.
 
Oakville Shriners Doug Clouse (left) and Hal Watson brought toys and gift cards for families of ErinoakKids client children to the Children’s Treatment Centre on Monday.  Here, ErinoakKids Vice President of Clinical Services Chris Hartley accepts the gifts in the spirit of the season.
                              
The Oakville Shrine Club is part of the worldwide Shriners International organization, renowned for its network of children’s hospitals.  Each year, the Oakville club members collect donations of toys at their annual Christmas party, and local Shriners Doug Clouse and Hal Watson bring them to ErinoakKids in an event reminiscent of Santa’s annual flight.
 
“Shriners are all about helping kids, and that’s also what ErinoakKids is all about,” explains Hal. “So it’s a good fit for Shriners to support the kids and families who depend on ErinoakKids.” 
 
This year, the greatest need was for gift cards for the purchase of holiday groceries to make this special time of year festive for the entire family.  The Shrine club made that need clear to their members, resulting in the unprecedented number of gift cards in this year’s donation.
 
“The annual visit from the Oakville Shriners is indeed a holiday tradition at ErinoakKids,” said Bridget Fewtrell, President and CEO of ErinoakKids. “The support we receive from the Shriners each year lifts our hearts, as it lifts the hearts of the children and families who receive this very special support.”
 
Media contact:
 
Liz Leake
Director of Communications
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
P: 905.855.2690 ext. 4301 | C: 416.624.9048
lleake@erinoakkids.ca
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