Brad's Joy of Sharing

If you knew Brad Houser, you would know he was a warm, generous, big-hearted guy who loved the Christmas season. What you may not know is that for the past three years, Brad has shopped and bought a special item for each Starlight child as part of Joy of Sharing in British Columbia! He was humble and didn't really talk about it much, but he felt very strongly about helping our seriously ill children and their families at a time when they need it most.

 

The holidays can be a time of joy and celebration with loved ones, but for many of our Starlight families, it can be a time of stress, anxiety, and ongoing medical challenges. We asked our Starlight families how we could best provide support and they let us know that there is a strong need for some level of financial assistance during the holiday season. More than needing just toys, families told us that they are in need of the basic of necessities (such as clothes and toiletries) and gift cards for food, pharmacies, and gas. This year, over 75 Starlight families have expressed a need for this type of support.

 

In Brad’s honour, the Joy of Sharing elves who worked with him each year are looking forward to keeping this tradition alive. If you would like to help, here’s what you can do:

 

  • You shop for a child/teen: If you like to shop and would like to send us/drop off a gift for a Starlight child, please email bcfun@starlightcanada.org and we’ll send you some of the items on our wish list. Please note that all items must be received at our British Columbia office no later than December 3rd, 2022, in order to be included in the Joy of Sharing packages.

  • Our elves shop for a child/teen: Every Starlight child/teen has a special gift on their wish list. Brad bought these gifts in the past, but this year, with your $50 donation, our elves will shop to meet the wishes of these incredible kids.

  • Sponsor a Starlight family: For $250, you can sponsor a Starlight family by providing them with necessities, gift cards, and gifts for the kids. Our elves will ensure they get everything they need!

  • Make a donation to the Joy of Sharing: You decide how much you would like to give! These funds are used for those special touches and/or a little extra for each family.

* Please note that charitable tax receipts will be provided for all donations of $10 or more.

Brad knew he could help brighten the lives of our Starlight families at a time when they needed it most. Thank you for helping keep Brad's spirit alive by supporting Joy of Sharing too!

All the best of the season to you and your family!


The Joy of Sharing elves


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