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2019 Helping Hands Mother’s Day Gift Bag Drive-Don of all Trades

Mother’s Day Gift Bags Help Brighten the Holidays for Women in Shelters

In the month of motherhood festivities, thousands of mothers and mothers-to-be across the country will spend Mother’s Day in a domestic violence shelter.

Children staying in shelters may have little or no means to get a gift to their moms on Mother’s Day. Our Annual Helping Hands Mother’s Day Gift Bag Drive Project provides lovely assembled gift bags  to give to children living in domestic violence shelters. The children in turn give the gift bags as their gift to mom on Mother’s Day.

The Project hopes to grow larger each year by inspiring other local businesses and members of the community to offer their own donated items from our Wish-List to be put into these gift bags as part of our  Helping Hands Building Trees Of Hope Program.

Some moms in shelters may require additional tender loving care on Mother’s Day, especially if they are grieving a child’s death or miscarriage, have lost custody of their children or are unable to be with them for a variety of other reasons.

Mother’s Day celebrations may be emotionally triggering to these mothers, and shelter staff needs to be mindful and prepared to offer extra support and allow the time and space the survivor needs to cope with separation from or loss of her children.

Shelters do important work, but sadly, they are often underfunded and understaffed.  

Our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services through our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project is so blessed to be able to contribute to this meaningful and important cause.

We celebrated  Mother’s Day on Sunday May 12 of this year by donating 15 Gift Bags that help brighten the holidays for women at Herizon House Women’s Shelter!

Here’s what was donated from the Suggested Wish List this year:

  • Manicure & Tweezers Sets
  • Nail Polish Sets
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Variety of Bath & Body Wash Sets
  • Nail Emery Boards
  • Luffas
  • Motivational Make-Up Bags
  • Face Cloths
  • Pretty Gift Bags
  • Tissue Paper
  • Personalized Card

 

Sending out a HUGE THANK YOU to Rhonda Lee Axhorn from Island Heritage Realty Inc. Brokerage who dropped off these very cute inspirational make-up bags to add in our 15 Mother’s Day Gift Bags that will be donated to Herizon House Women’s Shelter. You are so awesome!

 

 

Your donated items will help brighten this Mother’s Day for women in shelters.  We look forward to doing it again next year!

By supporting organizations like Herizon House, we acknowledge that in order to end the cycle of violence we must work in partnership with our community.

Visit our Don of all Trades Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program Face Book Community Page for regular updates on how we are helping make a difference in the community.
April 10, 2019- Kind words from Herizon House Women’s Shelter…. We are so grateful to Don of All Trades for this wonderful project. It means so much to the women in shelter taking steps towards hope. Our heartfelt thanks to all who participate in showing these women how much you support their journey.

 

Our community page is one of our favorite pages we’ve made changes to. This page has been completely redesigned including more in-depth information about our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program, Friends Who Have Donated A Helping Hand, Our Memories of Giving Back Videos over the years and so much more! Every donation adds a new Helping Hand to our Helping Hands Tree of Hope, a symbol of commitment, inspiration and community from wonderful donors like you!

 

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OUR MOTHER’S DAY GIFT BAG DRIVE FOR WOMEN IN SHELTERS IS OFFICIALLY ON!

Mother’s Day Gifts Bags Brighten Holidays For Women In Shelters!

This is out THIRD YEAR coordinating and participating in this very special project.www.donofalltrades.ca

Your contribution makes a difference and brightens the holidays for women in shelters!Our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is proud to post that this is our third year putting these very special gifts bags together and look forward to dropping them off just in time for Mother’s Day.

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Help us celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday May 12, 2019 this year by donating items to put together into our 15 Gift Bags that will be donated to the women at Herizon House Women’s Shelter! A total of 15 Mother’s Day Gift Bags will be given away with the help of some wonderful angels who give from their heart.

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Just a sample of what our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services donated along with so many angels in our community who gave from their hearts in 2018!

We are accepting collections of donated items for these very special gift bags starting Monday, February 18- Monday, May 6, 2019. Throughout the week of May 6-10 we will be assembling all gift bags and making the final delivery to the proper administrative staff that work for the Shelter.

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Your donated items that will be included into our 15 Very Special Gift Bags will help brighten the holidays for women in shelters.

Suggested Items to add to our 15 Gift Bags in total:

Scarves, Journals, Adult Colouring Books, Pencil Crayons, Slippers, Chocolates, Mini Manicure Sets, Lufas, Timmy’s Coffee Cards, Hand Creams, Bubble Baths, Gift Cards to Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart, Jewelry, Wallets, Bath Salts, Bars of Pretty Soaps, Body Care Products and Face Clothes & Hand Towels.

Get Inspired. Watch Our Video!

Get Updates on This Event on Our Helping Hands Building Tree of Hope Fundraiser Page

Visit our Don of all Trades Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program Face Book Community Page for regular updates on how we are helping make a difference in the community.

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Together we can make a difference!

Where to Donate Your Items?

Live in the Durham Region? Perfect!

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Yolanda D’Orazio  by email at: helpinghandsprogram@outlook.com for more information on how you can help.

Our community page is one of our favorite pages we’ve made changes to. This page has been completely redesigned including more in-depth information about our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program, Friends Who Have Donated A Helping Hand, Our Memories of Giving Back Videos over the years and so much more!

Every donation adds a new Helping Hand to our Helping Hands Tree of Hope,  a symbol of commitment, inspiration and community from wonderful donors like you!

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Kind words from the staff at Herizon House…We are so excited to receive and distribute the Mother’s Day gifts to the women in shelter. Our sincere thanks to all those who are contributing, and especially to Don of All Trades for this wonderful effort. These beautiful gifts will warm the hearts of women fleeing abuse in this community.

With the support of donors like you, we can help ensure that women and children can live without fear and the programs at Herizon House can continue.

 

www.donofalltrades.ca
We’re so much more than a great Local Home Improvement Company in the Durham Region. Find more about us at http://www.donofalltrades.ca!

NEW: Our Mother’s Day Gift Bag Drive For Women In Shelters Is Officially On!

Mother’s Day Gifts Bags Brighten Holidays For Women In Shelters

Mr. Donato D'Orazio Founder of Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services
Mr. Donato D’Orazio Founder of Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Help us celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday May 12, 2019 by donating items to put together into our 15 Gift Bags that will be donated to the women at Herizon House Women’s Shelter. A total of 15 Mother’s Day Gift Bags will be given away this year with the help of some wonderful angels who give from their heart.

https://donofalltrades.ca/
Our Mother’s Day Gift Bag Drive For Women In Shelters Is Officially On!

We are accepting collections of donated items for these very special gift bags starting Monday, February 18- Monday, May 6, 2019. Throughout the week of May 6-10 we will be assembling all gift bags and making the final delivery to the proper administrative staff that work for the Shelter.

Suggested Items to add to our 15 Gift Bags in total:

Scarves, Journals, Adult Colouring Books, Pencil Crayons, Slippers, Chocolates, Mini Manicure Sets, Lufas, Timmy’s Coffee Cards, Hand Creams, Bubble Baths, Gift Cards to Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart, Jewelry, Wallets, Bath Salts, Bars of Pretty Soaps, Body Care Products and Face Clothes & Hand Towels.

Now You Can Get Updates on this Event and More  on Our Helping Hands Building Tree of Hope Fundraiser Page!

Visit our Don of all Trades Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program Face Book Community Page for regular updates on how we are helping make a difference in the community.

Where to Donate Your Items?

Mrs. Yolanda D’Orazio Founder and Volunteer Coordinator of the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Yolanda D’Orazio  by email at: helpinghandsprogram@outlook.com for more information on how you can help and for donation drop off location.

Our team is at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services and our Helping Hands Building Tree of Hope Program is proud to mention that this is our 3rd year contributing these very special and meaningful gift bags and look forward to help brighten this Mother’s Day Holiday for women in shelters!

 

Every donation adds a new Helping Hand to our Helping Hands Tree of Hope,  a symbol of commitment, inspiration and community from wonderful donors like you!

 

May 3, 2018 Kind words from Herizon House… “We are so excited to receive and distribute the Mother’s Day gifts to the women in shelter. Our sincere thanks to all those who are contributing, and especially to Don of All Trades for this wonderful effort. These beautiful gifts will warm the hearts of women fleeing abuse in this community.”

 

With the support of donors like you, we can help ensure that women and children can live without fear and the programs at Herizon House can continue.

 

April 3rd, 2017-Looking Back at Our Very First Gift Bag Drive

NEW! Hope Rising  Annual Concert Fundraiser For Herizon House


Welcome to our FIFTH ANNUAL Hope Rising Concert Fundraiser!

We are celebrating this milestone by going to the next level with our favorite event; a bigger room at beautiful Deer Creek, a bigger menu with additional food stations, a bigger band to rock the stage with Stacey Renee, and even more auction items and prizes than before!

Live Band & Dancing All Night, Cash Bar, Live & Silent Auctions, Bingo Prize Spin Raffle, Snack & Appetizers, Poutine Station AND FOR THE FIRST TIME:

Pizza Station, Brownie & Doughnut Dessert. 

Be sure to get your tickets today. This is the year to be a part of our greatest celebration ever! 

Date & Time:

 Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7 PM – 11:59 PM

Event Location:

Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility –  2700 Audley Rd, Ajax, Ontario L1Z 1T7

Hosted By:

Purchase Tickets:

 Individual Tickets: $50.  Contact lisa@herizonhouse.com

Announcing the Launch of Our Newly Renovated Website

It’s a new year and our team is  excited to announce the launch of our Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Service’s newly designed website – www.donofalltrades.ca.

Our goal with this newly designed website is to create a more user-friendly browsing experience for our trusted and valued customers and business partners.

Recently, on our  website site we have added:

Website Security

We have improved our website security with HTTPS data encryption protection — it ensures a private connection between our company website and our site visitors.

Project Photo Gallery

Now you can view photos of previous upgrades and renovations we have completed.

Our Blog Articles

Get useful tips including ideas and how-to guides for interior and exterior home improvement projects.

Updated Service Pages

We’ve made it easier for people visiting our website to view what services we provide.

Videos

We have added new videos to our website!

Promotions Page

Looking to Save Money? Visit our Promotions Page and check out our special offers on kitchen back-splash and flooring installations including affordable Handy Man Packages that fit your budget!

Community Board Page

Our community page is one of our favorite pages we’ve made changes to. This page has been completely redesigned including more in-depth information about our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program, Friends Who Have Donated A Helping Hand, Our Memories of Giving Back Videos over the years and so much more!

Events Page

This is a very special page with a lot of meaning to our team here at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services. We have made it easier for our visitors to view, learn and read about Our Events & Contributions Made to the Community over the years with new editions including photo galleries and videos.

We hope you enjoy our new uncluttered design that is easy to navigate, and more user-friendly. We are sure that in the new website you will find all the information that you need.

If you would like to share your feedback about your experience with the new website, please leave a comment below.

Women’s Day Lunch Celebration

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As most of you may know , March 8 is officially International Women’s Day and is an annual celebration of the respect, honor and appreciation towards women across the world. It is also a recognition of the economic, political and social achievements that women have fought for over the years.

Mr. Don D’Orazio, founder of Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services held the 3rd annual International Women’s Day Celebration Luncheon in honor of some very special women.

This years venue was held on Sunday March 4th at the Waters Edge Buffet Restaurant located inside the  Great Blue Heron Casino in Port Perry, Ontario.  It was a beautiful sunny day to celebrate, the food was delicious and it was so good to be able to just sit together, catch up and enjoy each other’s company again.

We wanted to thank Angela Gazze, Carmela D’Alessandro Grabbing Crowns, Realtor Rhonda Lee Axhorn-Island Heritage Realty Inc., Brokerage, Realtor George Zois -Island Heritage Realty Inc., Brokerage, Katrina Anne Dafoe, Realtor Jacquelynn Tanner – Sutton Group-Heritage Realty Inc., brokerage,  Ashley, and Yvonne for attending and donating non perishable food items, that were donated to Herizon House Women’s Shelter but for also donating a new Helping Hand to add to our Tree of Hope.

 

 

Don Of All Trades is Giving Back to the Community

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project!

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

Looking Back in 2017 Video

Don of all Trades Charity BBQ Benefiting Woman’s Shelter

 

 Don of all Trades Family Charity BBQ Event Benefiting Herizon House Woman’s Shelter

 

On Saturday, June  24, we were once again  delighted to invite our friends, clients, local businesses owners, neighbors and family around for our third annual Don of all Trades Charity BBQ Event benefiting Herizon House Women’s Shelter as  it made for a fun and inspirational afternoon and helps the community!

Shout Out to our Volunteers!

This year Don decided on building a very special Helping Hands Food Donation Bin and our beautiful nieces worked very hard to help this bin look even more special by adding their artistic talents and messages they wanted share about giving back to the community. These two beautiful girls did such an amazing job. The bin was beautiful!

 

We were so glad our good friend Carlo came over to give Don a hand with the cooking. Carlo was a tremendous help and fixed our burger malfunction issues right away! The burgers were delicious. Great job Carlo and thank you!

 

Setting Up for Our Event!

 

Thank you Mother Nature for blessing our Don of all Trades Family BBQ Event with the PERFECT WEATHER on Saturday June 24, 2017! After over a month of rain, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to celebrate with so many wonderful people for such a great cause!

Our event is getting a little bigger every year with new guests wanting to show their support and just have a good time. This year we added another 10×10 Gazebo Tent to keep everyone protected from the sun and rain.  With a lot of planning and organizing in advance, this day went off without a hitch.

The Food

We decided to keeping it all simple with a basic menu of hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, condiments, buns, a variety of cold salads, watermelon, cold beverages, freezes for the kids and we saved the best for last…CAKE!

Party Time!

Thank you to everyone who came out and showed their support and donated non perishable food items including raising money at our raffle prize table and for adding new Helping Hands to add to our Tree of Hope in aid of Herizon House Woman’s Shelter.

Don and I are so happy our guests  attended and it was  so nice seeing some old faces and new ones! Our only regret was that our sons weren’t able to attend because of work.  We wished we could have spent more time talking to everyone. These incredible guests helped make our event a HUGE SUCCESS! We hope they all had a good time.  We look forward to hosting this event again next year and hope you’ll come back to join us!

The Best Part…Dessert

Don of all Trades has always ended an event with cake! After all who doesn’t like cake? We love cake! This wasn’t just an ordinary cake. This was a special Helping Hands Cake in both chocolate and vanilla cake flavouring with a custard filling. Did I mention that this  was a BIG cake? A full slab to be exact and everyone who came to this event all had a piece because everyone donated a helping hand to add to our Tree of Hope. Thank you Whitby Shores Metro for creating yet another beautiful cake for such a special event. It was delicious!

 

 SWAG BAGS

Every guest who attended our Don of all Trades Family Charity BBQ also went home with a swag bag filled with lots of neat items and goodies.

Our Raffle Prize Table

Our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program raised $300.00 through our raffle prize table during our third annual Don of All Trades Family Charity BBQ Event on June 24. Linda Cully , owner of Linda’s Esthetics  was on a roll winning lots of prizes at this event!

At Herizon House, cash donations can be used for the following:
⦁ Sending a taxi to pick up the women and children who call our crisis line and are fleeing from violence
⦁ Medications/prescriptions
⦁ The purchase of bus passes
⦁ School trips for the children
⦁ Slush fund for the women and kids – money on hand for unforeseen immediate needs such as underclothing in their size or items needed for the children’s schooling/special needs.

Donated Prizes

 

A very special thanks going out to the following friends and local businesses who donated raffle prizes for this event:

George Zois- Sales Representative-Island Heritage Realty Inc Brokerage

Rhonda Lee Axhorn – Sales Representative-Island Heritage Realty Inc Brokerage

Michelle Medeiros-Owner and Principal Designer-House Dreamer

Carmela D’Alessandro-Owner & Jewelry Designer-Grabbing Crowns

Stephanie Atwood-Owner-Tranquility Matters All Natural Home Made Beauty Products

Cindy Carpenter-Owner-Okie Dokie Creations

Marilyn Nickerson-Owner of Skin Cellutions Advanced Skincare & Laser Centre

Cristina Lamanna-Store Operator at Whitby Shores Metro

Whitby Whole Sale Club

Shannon Sheppard-Advanced Hearing Ontario

Sudesh Tambyah-Manager at LA Fitness Center-350 Taunton Road East, Whitby  -416-931-8357

Tracy Tuberfield-Travel Agency Owner at Just Go Travel Solutions

Holistic Health and Fitness

and a thank you to our friends Marg and Yvonne who also donated raffle prizes!

Introducing New Helping Hands To Add To Our Tree of Hope!

Check Out What Was Donated

There was  no charge for this event but we asked  for each guest to donate NON-PERISHABLE Food items from  our wish-list  for the women and children staying at the shelter and for their outreach program.

We did it! Thanks to your generous support, our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program raised $300.00 through our raffle prize table during our third annual Don of All Trades Family Charity BBQ Event with 211 non-perishable food items and 2 bags of brand new women’s clothing which was all donated to Herizon House Women’s Shelter.  These gifts  provides critical support at Herizon House as they have a full food service program and are always in need of food.

At Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we believe it’s important to give back to the community. By supporting organizations like Herizon House Women’s Shelter we acknowledge that in order to end the cycle of violence we must work in partnership with our community.

On behalf of all of us at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services thank you again for participating at our charity event., donating a new Helping Hand to add to our Tree of Hope and supporting women and their children in Durham Region!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Helping Hands Trees of Hope Project Update-Don of all Trades

Visit our COMMUNITY PAGE AT http://www.donofalltrades.ca to find out how you can help!

Over the past 5 months our team here at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services have been working hard behind the scenes by doing good to help make a difference in our community through our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program.

We appreciate the continued support we have received from friends, family members, clients and local businesses who have all donated a Helping Hand in order for our  very special program to continue to grow over the last 3 years.

We want everyone one to know that although we get many wonderful comments about how The Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program is inspiring to so many, we want everyone to know that this is a team effort from everyone in the community and because of all of you who have helped Don of All Trades help with our  commitment to making our communities a better and safer place for women and their children through the wonderful efforts of Herizon House Women’s Shelter, WE THANK YOU!

By supporting women shelter organizations, we acknowledge that in order to end the cycle of violence we must work in partnership with our community.

We look forward to continuing by doing good this year with more fun and exciting charity fundraiser events to give back to our  community.

PLEASE WELCOME OUR 2017 HELPING HANDS ON OUR THIRD TREE OF HOPE!

 

 

So what has Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services been up to lately?

Sunday March 12, 2017-Celebrating International Women’s Day

This lunch was  dedicated to some  very special women who have shown so much kindness, strength, courage, support, friendship, empowerment, generosity, love and dedication over the years at our team thought it would only be fitting to celebrate with in their honor at our   second annual Don of all Trades International Women’s Day Lunch!

We received  generous donations of non perishable food items, women’s gift sets, hand creams and various baby items  that was  donated to Herizon HouseWe helped donate over 147 items at this event to help the women and their children  fleeing abuse and violence through the wonderful efforts of Herizon House.

Mother’s  Day Gifts Brighten Holiday for Women In  Shelters

Wednesday May 10, 2017- Angels Who Gave from their Heart!

This past Mother’s Day, we  reconnected our love for our moms and our respect for all women by assembling a very special project initiated by the Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services of Durham Region.  Our team  runs “The Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project”,   a program that we created which turns donations into supports for women in abusive relationships.

We felt that there was  no better day this year to celebrate our moms by recognizing the value of all women and making a big difference for a victim of domestic violence.

Photo: 11 very special and meaningful gift bags to help send a heartfelt message to women in shelters that there are people in the community that care and that there is always Hope.

A total of 11 Mother’s Day Gift Bags would be donated with the help of some wonderful angels who gave from their heart. Special items that were donated to add to these very special and meaningful gift bags ranged from   journals, adult coloring books, pencil crayons,  chocolates, mini manicure sets, Loofah, Timmy’s Cards, wrap, bows, gift bags, hand creams, jewelry, bath salts, body care products, hand soaps, candles and coffee. Our collections started in early April and all bags were assembled, completed and donated on Wednesday, May 10. Just in time for Mother’s Day. We would also like to mention that  everyone who made a contribution also added a new Helping Hand to our Third Tree Of Hope which we wish to complete by December 2017!

 

Photo: Over 250 items were donated and put into these very special gifts bags to help women in shelters just in time for Mother’s Day!

Watch Our Videos To Learn How We Made A Difference in 2016!

Kind words from Herizon House to Don of All Trades…
 

“We are so grateful for the beautiful Mother’s Day gifts provided by Don of All Trades for the women in shelter at Herizon House. On behalf of all our shelter moms, to all of those who contributed, thank you for your support!”

Photo: “It’s a wonderful feeling to be able help our communities along with the help of so many other beautiful people and these inspiring words keep us moving forward! Thank you Herizon House.” Don D’Orazio, Founder at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

Our team here at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services are very proud to announce that 2017 has been a remarkable year of Giving Back through our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program so far with over 397 donated items from our  Donation-Wish-List  have been received by so many wonderful friends, clients, family and local businesses  from all over benefiting the women and their children at Herizon House Women’s Shelter. We look forward to working together to make a difference in our communities one Helping Hand at a time!

Watch Our Videos To Learn How We Made A Difference in 2016!

 

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.