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TLC@Home delivers Christmas gifts to nearly 1,000 children in Saskatoon

Saskatoon charity delivers Christmas gifts to nearly 1,000 children
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Exchanging gifts with loved ones can be a special part of Christmas.

Touching Lives of Children at Home (TLC@Home) wants kids in Saskatoon to experience holiday traditions that can sometimes be a burden for families.

The local charity has brought shoeboxes full of goodies to elementary schools for thirteen years. In its first year, TLC@Home brought shoeboxes to three classrooms at one school. This year, it went to five different schools and brought gifts to nearly 1,000 children.

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The boxes contain a variety of items, including crafts, toys and books, along with necessities like socks, toothpaste and soap. TLC@Home founder Shelley James said the children are wide-eyed and excited as they open their gifts. She said for some children, they are extremely grateful to receive things their families can’t afford.

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James recalled a time when a young girl was opening a box with gloves and a toque.

“She went through the rest of the box and she just looked up at me and she said, ‘It’s everything.’ [She] got up from her desk and gave me a big hug,” James said.

As TLC@Home has grown, more children are able to experience a special Christmas moment. James said it’s important for children of all ages to know people care about them.

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All of the shoeboxes have been delivered for this holiday season, but items for future boxes can be donated year-round. Proceeds from Global’s Your Saskatchewan Calendars go towards the charity.