About the Program:

Traditionally the Christmas Sharing program has coordinated the Christmas food boxes for families in Belleville and surrounding areas and at the same time registering that family's children for the toy drive. In addition the Christmas Sharing Program sponsors and registers individuals for the Quinte Community Christmas Dinner which is generously hosted by the Salvation Army.

Did you know that the Christmas Sharing Program got it's start in 1967 with a group of under privileged city children and a train stop to Expo 67 in Montreal The program now in it's 49th year has come a long way from those 350 children to over 1300 families that are receiving help today.

The purpose of the program is to provide a food box that allow low income families to enjoy a festive Christmas dinner. Families must register for the food box with the Christmas Sharing Program and at the same time they may register their children for toys which are supplied by the Belleville Fire Fighters Toy drive.

The While program is overseen by a Board of Directors of people from the community. The Board and the many volunteers are sensitive to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act throughout the Program.

Confidentiality is maintained to protect the clients and the information on their applications is used only for the purpose of The Christmas Sharing Program. Our program assists families as far west as Whites Road, east into Shannonville, north to the boundary of Stirling and south to and including Ameliasburg.

Letters of appeal are sent out by the Christmas Sharing Program to many generous groups and individuals who respond, either by giving a donation (for which charitable receipts are issued) or sponsoring a family through the Christmas Sharing Program. We are a registered charity and depend entirely on funding from the community, we do not receive funding from any other source.

Many volunteers are recruited to assist in the office and with the delivery of the food boxes. The Christmas Sharing Program Belleville Inc. is a unique program. We oversee applications of the individuals needing help and in turn give out the names of families to sponsors.

We work very closely with the Belleville Fire Fighters Toy Drive and the Quinte Community Christmas Dinner to avoid duplication and assist in their registrations.

Donations of Mittens, scarves and toques are also distributed to the children of these families.

It is important to note that many volunteers are involved in our Christmas food box program. Volunteers from all walks of life get involved.

Belleville's citizens continue to be very generous to the Christmas Sharing Program, making it much easier to assist the many families in need in our community. We are very grateful for their generous and loyal support.

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