WEYBURN - At Envision Counselling & Support Centre Inc., they recognize that many individuals are currently struggling to make ends meet within our communities. Envision’s annual Gift Card Campaign is a great way to lend a helping hand. These donations go directly to help individuals and families who are experiencing financial or personal difficulties, especially during the holiday season.
“Envision welcomes those who have supported us in the past, as well as new supporters, who would like partner with us on sponsoring this campaign” said Raven Daer, Outreach Coordinator for Envision Counselling and Support Centre. “We are so appreciative of community partnerships because we are able to make such a larger impact working collaboratively together.”
“Our goal is to offer support and hope during the holidays to those families who may be struggling to get what they need. Whether it be food, warm clothes, gifts for the children, or even gas for the car. Gift cards help to fill the gaps that these families may experience during this colder holiday season. ” Daer says.
Lynda Rideout, Envision’s Executive Director, says Envision uses the gift cards from various businesses to disburse to people who need emergency help, based on their situation. Clients may be going without items such as baby supplies or clothing if they flee 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. “To provide support to as many individuals in need as possible,” Rideout said that “by donating gift cards, we give individuals more choices and an added sense of empowerment, which is really important to us.”
The preferred stores are those with gas or grocery options, such as Walmart, Co-op, No Frills or Wholesale Club.
There are three ways to participate 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, Weyburn: 306-842-8821.
Donation of gift cards can be mailed to: Envision Counselling and Support Centre Inc., Box 511, Estevan, SK, S4A 2A5.
A monetary donation can be made online at www.envisioncounsellingcentre.com. Choose Gift Card on the menu option, and Envision will purchase cards to distribute during the holidays.