The need doesn’t end at Christmas: Lincoln’s Village of Hope supports those in need


Today can be tough, but with the support of the community tomorrow could be easier.

Lincoln’s Village of Hope is in full swing with its Holiday Basket Program, which provides baskets to those in need. Executive Director Cheryl Keddy Scott has said it is the season of hope.

“We want to give hope that tomorrow will be a better day,” she said.

But while hope is the theme of the season, Keddy Scott admitted it was a tough time. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing and a lot of uncertainty, she noticed some anxiety about the months ahead.

“They are already very, very concerned about what’s going to happen in January, February,” she said.

These concerns may be valid, but agencies like Village of Hope will always be there to help, Keddy Scott said. The basket program may focus on providing a Christmas meal and gifts to individuals and families in need, but they will continue to help with things like budgeting, rental supplements and utilities and supplies. ‘other programs throughout the winter months.

Fortunately, Village of Hope had to call on anonymous donors to support the organization. Until December 21, donations will be matched by donors, up to $ 20,000 each.

It comes at a key time, as Village of Hope has noticed an increase in registrations, which Keddy Scott said she suspected given the increased need they noticed during their Thanksgiving campaign.

Volunteers also held social calls with clients, calling them once a week to register. The focus is on older people, who may not have anyone else to talk to, and Keddy Scott said the response has been overwhelming.

“We’re here to help everyone, you know, trying to make the season a little bit brighter,” she said.

The agency will run its basket program until Christmas, in case any last-minute requests arise. For more information on donation possibilities or to register, visit villageofhopeniagara.org or call 905-562-3113.

Village of Hope will also be holding an open house at its new location on South Service Road. It will take place on Tuesday, December 21 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be wine, refreshments, mulled apple cider and a silent auction. It is located at 2540 South Service Rd.


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