May 27, 2020 UPDATE:
The Partnership for Kids Grey Bruce has so far delivered toys and games to well over 500 children in need. We were offered an opportunity to partner with a local trivia master to create the first local family trivia event. All funds raised will go to support the Partnership for Kids Grey Bruce and hopefully keep it going for another couple of months. Please check out the Facebook page event for details and make sure to comment “family trivia night” in the comments section of the Go Fund Me page when making your registration donation. Looking forward to a fun afternoon on June 14th!
May 25, 2020 UPDATE:
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Partnership for Kids of Grey Bruce. We would also like to recognize two donors who donated to the cause, but not through the go fund me page and they are Terry & Barbara Hutchinson ($1000) and Franklin National Retail Solutions Inc. ($500).
We are very appreciative of all the donations received as it has brought many smiles to kids’ faces within Grey Bruce during these stressful times. To date over 500 children have benefited so far and we are hopeful to continue receiving donations in order to keep this going. On Sunday June 14th at 4pm there is an online Family Trivia Fun Night fundraiser to raise funds for Partnership for Kids of Grey Bruce. Please check Keystone’s website soon for information on how to register.
Some feedback from parents:
"Thank you so much, having these have saved my Easter because I didn't know what I was going to do otherwise"
“These are not toys I would have been able to buy for them. Thank you again"
"Thank you! We received our book and toy, and have been playing with them. He found a little booklet with his toy, so when we are able to shop again I would like to go there and get the digger that is in the picture, he loves diggers and keeps talking about it."
“Thank you so very much these toys were so appreciated and being well loved/used!!!”
“My girls are super happy with everything. Excellent choices for their ages and interests. The ice cream set and stacking towers were a bullseye with both of my girls!!! Very grateful for this very generous gift 💝 Definitely helping pass the time these days!!! Xo THANK YOU~”
On behalf of the Partnership For Kids Grey Bruce we want to say a huge thank to all who have donated so far!
Due to your kindness and generosity, as of noon on April 16th, there are 436children who have either received gifts or are scheduled to receive toys & games through this project. Our volunteer drivers have already made deliveries to many communities across Grey & Bruce, including Wiarton, Durham, Kincardine, Thornbury, Ripley, Hanover, Port Elgin, Bruce Peninsula and Owen Sound. They are not done yet, as names continue to be submitted by our schools and community partners.
As this COVID pandemic continues to spread, and schools and daycares remain closed, we plan to continue this project for the duration of self-isolation, as long as funds allow.
With many thanks for your ongoing support,
Partnership for Kids of Grey Bruce
Hello, my name is Paul Wiley. My wife, Mary, and our 3 children, operate a small family owned school bus company, Martin’s School Transit. We, through our dedicated staff, are responsible for getting many children in Grey and Bruce Counties safely to and from school each day. We know their names. We know where they live. We know their stories and we continue to care about them and keep them in our thoughts.
We cannot imagine how this isolation, due to Covid-19, will impact all children and their families. Many live in apartments or crowded housing areas, and thus do not have a basement full of toys and games, or big back yards to run around in. Playgrounds are now closed. Undoubtedly, this could have a major effect on the mental health and well-being of many children and their families. We worry about our most vulnerable children out there. There is an increased amount of worry and stress during this time, and we are hoping to provide fun and engaging toys for these families, that are most in need, to help the children pass the time until their life can return to some form of normalcy.
Our first call was to Phil Dodd, Executive Director of Keystone Child Youth and Family Services. Phil and his staff are presently providing services to hundreds of vulnerable kids in Grey and Bruce Counties. I suspect this number will increase as time goes on. Phil and his team at Keystone immediately agreed to accept these dedicated donations and help ensure the toys get to where they need to be.
The second call was to The Rocking Horse, a local toy store in Owen Sound. Deb Haswell and Dianne Mattice and their staff have generously offered to help select and purchase appropriate aged toys for the children. While filling the orders, they will also ensure toys are cleaned and safely packaged for delivery.
To get the toys where they need to be, The Scenic City Order of Good Cheer has joined the core partnership and very generously offered to deliver these to the doorsteps of those children identified throughout Grey and Bruce County.
These toys will be durable and engaging toys, something that will not break after the first play.
We would like to help as many children and families as we can. Realizing that this might go on for a few months, deliveries could potentially continue every couple of weeks as long as the funds allow and as new children and families are identified. To this end, Martin School Transit is donating $15,000.00 to begin to meet the needs of those most high need children.
It is our wish as a family, that if there are any toys or money left over at the end of these challenging times, that they will all be donated to the Firefighters Christmas Toy Drive.
With Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services being a partner in this venture, a tax receipt can be issued, as they are a registered charity. We appreciate you considering this effort to bring a smile to a child in our own backyard community of Grey and Bruce. We are stronger together and our children are the future. Their well-being is so crucial in these difficult times we find ourselves.
In our conversations with Keystone, they are telling us that they will be reaching out to all social service organizations in Grey and Bruce to build a list of children who would benefit from a new good quality toy during these times.
Thank you for considering this venture. Please feel free to share with those you know who may be in a position to help.
Paul Wiley and family.