Celebrating the Holidays at Canopy

The holidays are the most joyous time of year at Canopy Children’s Solutions and thanks to the outpouring of support, 2020 in the midst of a pandemic, was no different. Thank you for allowing children to know the joy of the season, not just through gifts and toys, but through the spirit in which they were given. Through your generosity, children and families are reminded of hope, goodness and light.

Angelina came to the Canopy’s CARES Center to help her begin to heal from her pain and trauma. As the holidays approached, she was asked to fill out a Wish List of things she wanted for Christmas. In the back of her mind, she wondered why she should even bother. She had never gotten her Christmas wish before.

On Christmas morning, away from home,  Angelina woke up to find smiling faces around a lit tree. There were large colorful bags with nametags scattered around the tree. As the bags were handed out one by one, her heart sank. She had been forgotten. Just then, a red bag with shiny green ribbon was pulled from behind the tree—with HER name on it! She hadn’t been forgotten, her Christmas wish came true thanks to the compassion and generosity of people like you. Her simple requests of a warm coat, colored pencils and art notebook were granted, but the greatest gift she received was HOPE—hope that things can always get better.

Because of the generosity of many, Angelina will have a Christmas full of lasting memories.  Below is just a sampling of the generosity Canopy saw this holiday season.

There is something very special about a child who takes care of other children in need. Thank you, Molly, for shining your light this holiday season for others.

“Life is more fun if you play games.” – Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Thank you to our friends at Sunray Companies for enriching the holidays for our kids through games and fun with their donation of board games and activities.

Big thank you to our friends at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance for helping to take care of so many Christmas Wish Lists! We hope the joy you felt shopping for our kids equals the excitement and joy they will experience from your generosity.

Thank you to our wonderful partners at Regions Bank for their donation of toys, games and comfy pajamas for our children! Such a wonderful way to make the holidays merry and bright!

The stockings were delivered to Canopy with care, thank you to Turn Key for always being there! Thank you Turn Key Properties, LLC for celebrating with us again this holiday season. 

The Gulf Coast community has shined so bright for our kids this holiday season! Thank you to Northwood Church for stepping in to ensure children and families will be blessed with a wonderful Christmas.

“We take great JOY in service to others.” Pamela, a therapist with Canopy, felt a tug at her heart to adopt a client for Christmas whose family was struggling. This act of kindness inspired friends at Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch to take it a step farther and adopt the whole family! Thank you for helping to GIVE JOY this holiday season.

Coming to Canopy with bags of toys, all for the little one’s Christmas joy.  Thank you to Mt. Olive United Methodist Church of Batesville for helping GIVE JOY to our kids with their donation of holiday goodies!

There are so many needs that arise throughout the year, it would be impossible to meet them all without you! Thank you to the residents of Hidden Hills in Brandon for donating much-needed items that will meet needs all year long!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the World. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead Thank you to the beautiful Saylor Hunt, Miss Mississippi Elementary 5th Grade, for caring for and serving others for the holidays!

Even staff and their families got into the spirit of giving. Thank you Mellani and the Wallace family for giving to the excitement of Christmas morning!

University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Division of Hematology and Oncology got in on the holiday gift-giving by helping fill wish lists for our children. Thank you for serving the needs and those needing this holiday season.

Thank you to our friends at Crossgates Baptist Church for wrapping up Christmas cheer with the cutest holiday stockings!

Our Christmas tree runneth over at Canopy’s South Mississippi Child Advocacy Center! Thank you our community of supporters – WXXV, Conway, Denson and Associates, UPS Freights, Ms. Mary Myers, Coastal Family Health Center, Dollar General, Elks Lodge, City of Gulfport, Krewe UNIQUE Community Outreach, Zeta Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, Iota Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, and individuals fulfilling our SMCAC Amazon Wish List – for creating holiday magic for our kids!

Children at Canopy’s Warren County Children’s Shelter woke up to the most magical Christmas morning! Thank you to each person in the community who helped to give joy so our kids could experience the magic and wonder of the holidays.

THANK YOU to each person who helped #GiveJOY so kids at WCCS, CARES Center and children in our community in need could all experience the magic and wonder!