Christmas Assistance Program
The Thornhill Christmas Assistance Program (CAP) is sponsored by our local Thornhill Ministerial Association and provides for needy families in Thornhill. Thornhill United Church hosts and provides the administration for this program. We are grateful to all who donate to this cause.
Applications are coordinated with other agencies in the region to prevent duplication of our efforts, and people from other areas are referred to similar programs close to them. Schools and churches collect gifts up until the last day of school in December, and deliver them to Thornhill United Church for sorting, packing, and delivery of “hampers”. The “hampers” are actually packed in ‘bankers boxes’ for each household, with a balance of non-perishable food items, toiletries, knitted items and gift certificates for holiday life. The receiving families are not all Christians – but are in financial need, and surrounded by a culture of holiday consumption.
Last year, the program distributed ‘hampers’ of up from 1 to 4 bankers’ boxes of goods, to 115 households!