Rose-Anne Mayor, Manager Tilbury Information and H.E.L.P. Centre with gifts for “Toyful Christmas”.

United Way of Chatham-Kent thanks Enbridge’s Tilbury Solar Farm for its contributions to the community over the past year. The $15,000 in donations were used to help children in Tilbury and area receive the school supplies they need to return to school in the fall, “just like all the others kids,” and to enjoy a “Toyful Christmas.”

 Back Packs for Kids provides backpacks stuffed with grade appropriate supplies to ensure children of all ages have the necessary supplies to learn and be engaged in their education. In 2014, more than 100 backpacks were distributed to families in need through the local Tilbury Information and H.E.L.P. Centre – United Way’s West Chatham-Kent Outreach Office.

 Many families in West Chatham-Kent continue to struggle to make ends meet.  Christmas time presents an additional challenge as parents try to provide a little something extra for their children, or even a special meal in celebration of the season. As a result of Enbridge’s generous donations, along with other community contributions, new, unwrapped toys were offered to families to “shop” at no cost and select suitable gifts for their children.

 “This is a unique and respectful way of helping the less fortunate plan for Christmas, and still manage their limited resources,” explains Rose-Anne Mayor, Manager of the Tilbury Information and H.E.L.P. Centre. “Forty-seven families were assisted at Christmas time in 2013, and fifty-three families were assisted in 2014 as a result of Enbridge’s donations.”

“At Enbridge, we believe a community belongs to everyone who lives there,” says Ian MacRobbie, Enbridge’s General Manager of Green Energy, Transmission and Emerging Technologies, Ontario and Quebec. “No matter who we are or where we live, all of us want to make life better for our families, our friends, our neighbours and ourselves. We are pleased to model this belief and help support our communities through the investment of funds for initiatives that promote self-esteem and learning in our young people.”

 For more information, contact Rose-Anne Mayor, Manager Tilbury Information and H.E.L.P. Centre at Rose-Anne@uwock.ca or 519-682-2268.