The Gift of Hope charity was created in 2004 by the DesRosiers family in honour of our Dad, Val, who passed away from lung cancer. He loved to play Santa Claus at Christmas time so the year he past, we decided to play Santa Claus and made a donation to a family in his memory. The next year, we helped 2 families. As family and friends heard about our donations, we began receiving money, gifts and food to help our recipients. We now help about 15 - 20 families every year. We have helped a total of 147 families to date, with a total of 396 children. Our mandate is to help the “working poor”. Those families making an effort to stay off the system but are working at minimum wage jobs and living paycheck to pay check.
Registration # 81407 8374 RR0001
In April 2014, we were approved by Revenue Canada as a charitable organization. As a result, we are able to issue official income tax deductible receipts for all donations of money and gifts in kind.