Past Donations

Community Contributions: $79,000

Easter Seals

Received:

$3,000.00 Summer 2018

Use of Funds

Donated funds will be used to provide financial support for mobility equipment, communication devices and summer camps to children with physical disabilities. These funds will be specifically allocated to buying a piece of equipment for one child in need.


About Easter Seals

Easter Seals is a registered charitable organization that helps children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. They assist families with the purchase of costly mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, porch lifts and ramps, as well as communication devices, toileting aids and bathing equipment. Easter Seals also helps by providing summer camp opportunities at our two properties, Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden. Easter Seals also offers post-secondary scholarships and provides access to information and resources, and public education and awareness.

"On behalf of Easter Seals Ontario I want to sincerely thank everyone at Gals Who Give for your generous donation. This contribution means so much to kids with physical disabilities who will now have the chance to enjoy the fresh air, fun and friendship offered at our fully accessible summer camp. Kids with physical disabilities don’t have many opportunities for recreation in their own communities, which is why this donation is so meaningful. Thank you again, we are most grateful for the generosity and kindness of all of the member of Gals Who Give."

Charlene Myke
District Manager


Child Advocacy Centre

Received:

$5,300.00 Fall 2018

Use of Funds

Donated funds will be used to purchase comfort items, snacks & stuffies for children & youth.


About Child Advocacy Centre

Child & youth friendly setting with two locations in Barrie & Orillia that help facilitate forensic interviews when there are concerns of sexual and physical abuse, exploitation and sex trafficking. CAC also offers support for the child & the family through legal process.

A heartfelt thank you to Gals that Give Barrie, for their contribution of $5,300 to purchase healthy snacks, stuffies and blankets for our Child Advocacy Centre in Barrie. Your generosity will support many children on their journey of healing.

Without the support from our community, we couldn't continue to do what we do. Your support is an investment in the future of our children. Together, we can increase the likelihood that children affected by physical or sexual abuse will come forward sooner, get the support they need faster, and heal and have hope after experiencing sexual and/or physical abuse. Thank you Gals that Give Barrie!

Louise Jones
Fund Development Manager 


Youth Haven

Received:

$7,700.00 Winter 2019

Use of Funds

Donated funds will be used to purchase a restaurant style dishwasher, fix the toilet and the vehicle.


About Youth Haven

Youth Haven supports youth experiencing homelessness by providing safe shelter, programs and services in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Together they are helping homeless youth become successful adults.

Thank you so much to the Gals that Give! We can't express enough how much it means to us at Youth Haven. With your donation, we were able to make some necessary repairs to our Shelter and our van. Thank you!

"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal." Albert Pine

So, on behalf of Youth Haven, we thank you for your generosity, your kindness, your support and for your confidence for the work we do, and just as importantly for the opportunity to continue to serve those who are most vulnerable. We recognize that we cannot do this on our own. Because of you, our youth continue to have a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs and people who care. Our youth have hope for a brighter future!  

Thank you for choosing to make a positive difference in the lives of our youths!

Lucy Gowers
Executive Director 


Hospice Simcoe

Received:

$10,000.00 Spring 2019

Use of Funds

Hospice just this month, opened a second location as they have outgrown their current space due to the increase in the number of home visiting hospice clients and bereavement clients.  They are fortunate that generous donors have funded all the furniture and fixtures needed for their new space, but now they are in need of funds for some of the soft costs.  

Donated funds will help cover these soft costs, such as books and educational materials to give to their clients, for children and youth who are coping with loss of a parent or other loved one.  Funds will also help cover the cost of ‘legacy’ supplies (craft type projects, memory books, etc.) 


About Hospice Simcoe

Hospice Simcoe’s vision is to be a leader in palliative care, community and bereavement support through compassion, integrity, collaboration and innovation. There mission is to provide meaningful support to those touched by a life limiting illness, thereby enhancing quality end of life.

We cannot thank “Gals That Give” enough! Their donation has assisted us in opening our second location on Bell Farm Road to serve those in our community who are dying or bereaved. We are incredibly fortunate that generous donors have funded the furniture and fixtures needed for our new space.  We have purchased necessary books and other educational materials to give to our clients, particularly children and youth who are coping with the death of a loved one. We have also purchased ‘legacy’ supplies for clients who are wishing to leave tangible memories with loved ones.  This new space allows us to expand programs and serve more people. 

Kelly Hubbard
Executive Director


Broken Earth Team Barrie

Received:

$10,000.00 Summer 2019

Use of Funds

Donated funds will be directed toward the purchase of orthopedic medical equipment to help do 10 hip replacements in Guatemala.


About Broken Earth Team Barrie

Team Broken Earth is a humanitarian medical organization with a local team of medical professionals that have gone to Haiti and Guatemala for missions. The team is local surgeons/ anesthesiologists and nurses most of whom are from RVH, including one of our members Tina Whitty. This is the 5th time Tina has led a team from here. Although the ultimate recipients of the care are not local, the team itself is. The team receives no other funding and each team member is responsible to raise funds to support the mission including the cost to get themselves there. This year specifically, they were looking at raising funds to be able to provide hip replacements for some rural patients. These are mostly farmers who rely on their physical capabilities to sustain their ability to produce for their families. They have to buy the implants at cost and they are very expensive.  We are looking forward to hearing all about this mission when Tina returns in May 2020. 


Redwood Park Communities

Received:

$10,300.00 Fall 2019

Use of Funds

Donated funds will will be going towards supporting 10 otherwise unfunded families per month for the next 4 months, helping turn 40 local houses into homes. It will also allow Furniture Bank to build a case for support for future funding proposals, establish the need and quantify the benefit , and get their social enterprise and outcomes purchasing in place for long term sustainability.  The impact of these funds will be multiplied in our community for years to come. 


About Redwood Park Communities

Redwood Park Communities provides safe, affordable, hopeful housing in supportive community in Simcoe County, Ontario. Recently, Redwood Park has embarked on a new project called The Furniture Bank. The Furniture Bank supports marginalized and displaced families and individuals experiencing furniture poverty. Families in need have access to affordable furniture, chosen by them, curated, and delivered, so when they find housing, they can actually furnish their home, feel supported and give their family what it needs to stay together and stay strong. 


Bridget's Bunnies

Received:

$10,200.00 Winter 2020

Use of Funds

Donated funds will help Bridget's Bunnies provide comfort kits to families experiencing pregnancy or infant loss in the Barrie area. These kits provide gentle direction and compassion and include memory makers, practical items to help navigate loss, a list of resources and letters of support to the parents. Bridget’s Bunnies will use the funds to supply kits to families in our community who experience pregnancy or infant loss. In additional to the three main kits, they would be able to grow their program further to include comfort kits specifically designed for siblings. These would include a small bunny for comfort, bubbles (for them to “share” with their sibling), a children’s grief book, and resources for the parents to assist the children in understanding what has taken place. They would provide resource packages specifically tailored to the fathers. These would help ensure the father has resources (such as books) created by dads for dads.


About Bridget's Bunnies

Bridget's Bunnies is driven by the desire to ensure no family endures pregnancy or infant loss alone. It was founded by Theresa and Mathew Morrison and inspiration is drawn from their beautiful baby girl, Bridget Bell Morrison, who was unexpectedly born still one day shy of her due date in November 2017.  Theresa and Mathew were in no way prepared for this loss and felt alone with almost nowhere to turn for assistance. They want to ensure families experiencing loss know immediately that they are not alone and that support is available. The families supported range from those experiencing the death of an infant, the stillbirth of their baby, or a pregnancy loss/miscarriage at any gestational age.  This is accomplished through the Bridget’s Bunnies comfort kit program. These kits are provided in advance to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) and on demand in the community. 

A HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful women who make up Gals That Give! Your donation ensures that families in our community who experience the loss of a pregnancy or an infant will receive support, regardless of where they receive their healthcare. These dollars go directly towards the creation of comfort kits for bereaved families, providing gentle direction and lots of love in the earliest days of their grief. Our world couldn't have changed more since the night we met you all and the pandemic took hold of our community. As a result, those funds you provided mean even more today than they did then. We have already had two big fundraisers cancelled as a result of COVID-19 and our biggest community event is going to be largely impacted as well. For a charity as small as ours, your dollars are literally keeping us stocked with comfort kits during this crisis. 

Theresa and Matt
Founders - Bridget's Bunnies 


Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka

Received:

$1,000.00 Winter 2020

Use of Funds

Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka provides a gathering place where people with cancer, as well as their families and friends, or people who have lost someone to cancer, can join with others to actively involve themselves in building social and emotional support as a supplement to regular medical care. Our evidence-based programming includes support groups, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body classes, social activities, educational lectures and community resource information.  Membership is free to all whose lives have been touched by cancer. 

Donated funds will help provide food and/or materials to support the following free member programs: Children’s Support Group, Family Connect, Therapeutic Art Classes and the Men’s Cancer Social Circle.


About Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka

Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, is dedicated to providing social and emotional support, education and hope to all people impacted by cancer -  cancer patients, their family and friends and people who have lost someone to cancer. Thier mission is to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.  So that no one faces cancer alone.

Attending the Gals that Give meeting was such an amazing experience. Being able to share the Gilda’s Club mission in front of so many compassionate & caring women was something I will never forget. THANK YOU Gals that Give for your time and generosity; because of wonderful folks like you, Gilda’s Club can continue to ensure that no one faces cancer alone!

Sarah Desroches
Program Director 


Athena's Sexual Assault Councelling & Advocacy

Received:

$1,000.00 Winter 2020

Use of Funds

Donated funds will be used toward safe housing, transition, and care for women who were victims of sex trafficking.


About Athena's Sexual Assault Councelling & Advocacy

Athena's offers support for women identified individuals 16 years of age and older who have experienced sexual abuse as children and/or as adults from an intimate partner.  There service are available in Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland and Orillia.

SERVICES AVAILABLE:
24 hour telephone crisis line: 705-737-2008 or 1-800-987-0799
Individual counselling with morning, afternoon and evening appointment availability
Psychoeducational support groups
Advocacy on behalf of women
Information and referrals
Legal support
Speaking engagements and workshops
TTY accessible


Imani's Place

Received:

$2,000.00 Fall 2020

Use of Funds

Donated funds will be used to pay to ensure women staying at the home can continue to access things like counselling and transportation. They also need appliances such as a deep freezer to hold food, a new washer and dryer, computers to access online classes and for children to keep up with school work, personal hygiene items and food.


About Imani's Place

ImanisPlace1 is a safe haven to end domestic violence and human trafficking against women. Imanis Place is proud to offer housing and support services that transforms the lives of victimized women.  What sets Imani’s Place apart is its commitment to primarily support Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC).

Gals That Give, thank you for your generous donation.  The girls are really appreciative of your support.  A big thank you to all the gorgeous members of gals that give. You ladies are not just beautiful, you also have very big hearts. There has been outpouring of love and support from your group and for this we are truly grateful. The project that seemed scary and shaky because of lack of resources and is looking much more brighter with your support. We are happy to be part of your big lovely family as you are apart of ours.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

With gratitude,

Lisa 
Founder - Imani's Place


Alzheimer's Society of Simcoe County

Received:

$1,000.00 Fall 2020

Use of Funds

Donated funds will be used to help the Alzheimer Society manage the delivery of virtual counselling which has become necessary due to the covid epidemic. The funds may also promote support groups, education, social programs, and client check-ins, as well as the delivery of activity kits and our regular client newsletter.


About Alzheimer's Society of Simcoe County

The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County is committed to providing the highest quality programs and services to support its vision of seeing people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias live well and thrive in our community. It is estimated that there are more than 10,000 people living with dementia in Simcoe County, and more than 20,000 others who are affected directly or indirectly by the
disease. These numbers are growing at an alarming rate. The funding from provincial & federal governments is just not enough to meet the needs of our community. We rely heavily on donations and fundraising events to keep these vital programs running in
every community we serve.

Our sincere thanks to the Gals That Give for your generosity and support. The opportunity to present to your group created valuable awareness for our organization.  Your important gift will support our mission to deliver safe and effective programs and
services to meet the increased needs of people living with and affected by dementia in our community.

Sandy MacNevin ~ Fund Development Officer


Candlelighter's Simcoe

Received:

$8,000.00 Fall 2020

Use of Funds

Donated funds will be used to support the Christmas Care Program and Christmas Family Sponsorships. Covid-19 has hit our cancer families quite hard as most parents have left their jobs to protect the health and wellbeing of their children. They will be providing each family with a child in treatment with a gift basket to help bring joy and hope to these families at Christmas. Many families will be in hospital during the holiday season - kept apart from loved ones. The gift basket includes a Christmas meal, gas card and Tim cards, a gift for each child, baked goods, hot chocolate and marshmallows, a gingerbread house kit..etc.. In addition many families will struggle to provide Christmas for their children so we have a separate sponsorship program so that no child misses out on the joy of Christmas. The donation would make a huge impact on both these programs.


About Candlelighter's Simcoe

Candlelighters Simcoe, is a support organization for parents whose child or teen has been diagnosed with cancer. They provide families with emotional, social and financial support as they face the childhood cancer journey. All of their programs are free. They provide telephone and email support, hospital, home visits and monthly parent support group meetings, during support group meetings for parents an expressive art program is available for children. They offer school support program/school advisory services. On diagnosis they provide family care packages (resources, gift cards and parking passes). They offer a monthly teen social group, weekly art therapy program, bereavement support. They also have an Emergency parent relief fund (gift cards) available to families who are struggling financially.


Crohn's & Colitis Canada - Simcoe

Received:

$1,000.00 Winter 2021

Use of Funds

Donated funds will be used to sponsor a child (or multiple children) from Simcoe County living with Crohn's or colitis to attend Camp Got2Go, 1-1 dietitian packages for patients and families with highly individualized nutritional needs. There is no one diet or food plan that works for all. This will help individuals through a flare up, or re-introducing foods, or longer term management of foods and planning. Either a 6 week exercise/yoga or mindfulness series in the weeks leading up to the annual Gutsy Walk to help get our patients, families and community out and moving. Promoting and advocating for accessible washrooms and the Go Here app through local government officials and community businesses and organizations.


About Crohn's & Colitis Canada - Simcoe

Chron's and Colitis Canada - Simcoe is committed to finding a cure for these chronic diseases. Crohn's and Colitis are chronic inflammatory bowel diseases causing frequent/urgent bowel movements, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal cramping, fatigue, and decreased appetite. Even if you have not heard of the disease, you likely know someone who has it or supports someone who does. The Simcoe County chapter is proud to support the over 3000 Simcoe County residents living with Crohn's and Colitis through patient support services, education, advocacy/awareness initiatives and raising funds to research for a cure.


Epilepsy Simcoe County

Received:

$8,500.00 Winter 2021

Use of Funds

Donated funds will be used to launch a NEW Epilepsy Caregiver Support Program. Almost all clients with epilepsy that walk through ESC’s doors for support are accompanied by a female caregiver. These mothers/friends/spouses are educated in practical patient-care and seizure first aid, but receive very little information on how to avoid caregiver fatigue and manage the mental and physical strain of caring for another. ESC has developed a revolutionary new model to now support the female caregivers that come through their doors, that unfortunately (due to Covid and the cancellation of all of their main fundraising events) has not yet had enough funding to be brought to life. With Gals That Give $10,000 donation, this program will successfully be able to launch in 2021! 


About Epilepsy Simcoe County

Epilepsy Simcoe County is a non-profit organization that assists our community with education, support, awareness and advocacy; approximately 1 in 100 people in Simcoe County live with this disease. 

On behalf of myself, our Board of Directors, and our clients, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Gals That Give.  I have been dreaming about starting a Caregiver Support Program for many years.  With the donation from Gals That Give, we are now able to help approximately 75 caregivers of epilepsy in Simcoe County that will extend to caregivers throughout Ontario.

Years ago, Fred Rogers wrote that when he was a young boy and saw scary things in the news, his mother would say to him, "look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping."  This quote rings more true during 2020 and 2021 than it ever did.  Thank you, Gals That Give for being the helpers in Simcoe.

Shawna Bailey ~ Executive Director

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