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

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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.

Mother’s Day Gifts Brighten Holiday For Women In Shelters

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate our mothers, the woman  like no other. She gave us life, nurtured us, taught us, dressed us, fought for us, held us, shouted at us, kissed us, but most importantly loved us unconditionally.

There are not enough words we can say to describe  how important our mothers are to us, and what a powerful influence she continues to be to us… 

In the middle of all the celebrations, it’s important to remember that so many mothers will spend this special day experiencing abuse or taking refuge in shelters.  On any given night in Canada, 3,491 women and their 2,724 children  are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 300 women and their children  are turned away because the shelters are full.

Violence against mothers impacts children too. The effects are persistent and far- reaching. Children who witness domestic abuse can experience learning challenges as well as behavioral and mental health issues that can extend long into adulthood. Studies show that these children can be more likely to repeat the cycle, growing up to become victims or abusers themselves.

This Mother’s Day, we can reconnect our love for our moms and our respect for all women by joining or replicating a program 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 that turns donations into supports for women in abusive relationships through the wonderful efforts of Herizon House Women’s Shelter.

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.

Mother’s Day Gifts Brighten Holiday For Women In Shelters!

We reached out to the community once again for their support  and asked for their assistance to help us celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday May 14, 2017 by donating items along with our own to put together in  special gift bags that would be donated to the women at Herizon House Women’s Shelter.

 

Angels Who Gave From Their Heart 

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 collection deadline started April 3-May 7, 2017. All gift bags were donated on Wednesday 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!

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Mother’s Day Gifts Brighten Holiday For Women In Shelters Video

 

 

Special Thank You to the following who donated:

Katrina Anne Dafoe-Independent Jamberry
Consultant

Carmela D’Alessandro-Grabbing Crowns

Pam Little-Pam Little Accounting

Don D’Orazio-Don of all Trades Professional Home
Maintenance Services

Jacquelynn Joan Tanner-Sutton Group-Heritage
Realty Inc., Brokerage

Yolanda D’Orazio-Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope
Program

Michelle Medeiros-House Dreamer

Stephanie Atwood-Tranquility Matters

Sandra Howlett-Apple Melon Designs

Rhonda Lee Axhorn-Island Heritage Reality Inc.,
Brokerage

Herizon House

Also A Very Special Thank You To Our Friends:

Angela Gazze

Marg Stevens

Yvonne

 

Don of all Trades Celebrates International Women’s Day 2017

 

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.

Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was once again delighted to invite this very special group of women  to our second International Women’s Day Lunch Event, as it made for a fun and inspirational afternoon and helped the community!

Here’s how our  wonderful afternoon unfolded below.

Our guests joined our Don Of All Trades Team on Sunday, March 12 for a complimentary Italian style buffet lunch in their honor that was held inside the party room of  the La Rosa Ristorante, a local establishment in our community. Thank you to all the staff at La Rosa Ristorante who made our event extra special and the food was delicious! We definitely will be coming back!

Yolanda D’Orazio Volunteer Coordinator of the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program and hostess of 2017 the Don of All Trades International Women’s Day Lunch

 

Amazing Women

This lunch was  dedicated to these  very special women who have shown so much kindness, strength, courage, support, friendship, empowerment, generosity, love and dedication over the years.

Each one of these very special ladies  shares a special place in our hearts because they have made so many positive impacts not only in our personal lives but by also showing an overwhelming support  with our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program benefiting Herizon House.

 

Thank you for donating a Helping Hand on March 12. 2017

Special Thank You!

Don of All Trades celebrates #International #Womens #Day 2017 with some amazing women! Sending out a HUGE SHOUT OUT to our guests: Rhonda Lee Axhorn, Karen McIsaac-duguay, Lisa Deanne, Margaret Stoll, Shannon Sheppard, Carmela D’Alessandro, Angela Gazze,@Yolanda Campagna, Danny D’Orazio, Stephanie Atwood, Ginette Vachon and Yvonne Eglinski who shared our special day in their honor at La Rosa Ristorante on Saturday March 12, 2017.

 

Great things can happen when you work together to help make a difference in the community!

Thank you for your generous donations of non perishable food items, women’s gift sets, hand creams and various baby items  that will be donated to Herizon House and Thank You All for coming out to have lunch in your honor!

We helped donated over 147 items at this event to help the women and their children  fleeing abuse and violence through the wonderful efforts of Herizon House.

 

 

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

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.

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

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Don Of All Trades Celebrates International Women’s Day 2016

Kudos to everyone who helped out and showed their support at our Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Fundraiser on Saturday November 26, 2016.

2016 Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Fundraiser. On left Don DOrazio, Founder of Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services and Yolanda DOrazio Volunteer Coordinator of the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project.

What an incredible day!

Kudos to everyone who helped out and showed their support at our Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Fundraiser at the Hope 4 Her Gift Show on Saturday November 26, 2016.

After weeks of baking, planning and organizing to be part of this very special day, our team  at Don of All Trades is proud to announce that our  tables raised $713 that was donated to Herizon House Women’s Shelter.   

 We also wanted to send out a HUGE Thank-You to everyone who bought cookies before the event!

What an incredible and humbling experience to help give back to our community. This was a lot of work but it was so worth it!

Looking forward to doing  it all again, in 2017. Thank you and Happy Holidays from our team at Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

Look at what we baked!

View photos of our event!

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Welcoming our latest 2016 Helping Hands donators!

 

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Very Special Thank-You Going to the following local businesses and friends who donated prizes to help raise money to donate :

Michelle Medeiros– http://www.hdreamer.com/

Stephanie Atwood– http://www.tranquilitymatters.ca/

Drew & Anna Stevens–  https://peppernorth.com/

Pam Little– http://www.pamlittleaccounting.com/

Sandra Howlett–  http://www.applemelondesigns.com/

Jacquelynn Joan Tanner http://www.jacquelynntanner.com/

Cindy Toth Hewitthttp://www.whitbyshorespaint.com/

Rhonda Lee Axhornhttp://selectproperty.ca/

Lisa Day- https://lisa-a-day.scentsy.ca/

Shannon Sheppardhttp://www.advanced-hearing.ca/

Karen McIsaac-Duguay,  Country Style at 932 Brock St North, Whitby for letting us put up a poster of the Hope 4 Her Gift Show

Our very good friend Marg Stevens

Thank-You Lisa!

Sending out a SHOUT OUT to the true Community Events Coordinator Lisa Smith and the host for Hope 4 Her Hand Made and Local Gift Show that was held on  Saturday, November 26 benefiting Herizon House Women’s Shelter. Thank you for letting Don of All Trades and our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program participate in this amazing event once again for all the  good work you all do!

A Very Special Place

 

Thank you for letting Don Of All Trades be part of your special event!
Thank you for letting Don Of All Trades be part of your special event!

Important information about Herizon House and what important services they provide to our community.

Herizon House is a 30 Bed Emergency Shelter serving women and their children fleeing abuse and violence.
They provide:

-Emergency Shelter
-Crisis counselling for abused women
-24 hour crisis phone counselling for abused women
-Housing and legal support
-Referrals and community advocacy
-A safe and non- judgmental environment for women leaving abusive relationships and wishing to live independently of their abusers.

Women in crisis can find support 24 hours a day by calling 1-866-Herizon (1-866-437-4066).

Our Mission:
We provide a place of Safety, Support and Empowerment for abused women and their children. We are committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence in the community.

Remember, Every woman has the Right to Live a Life Free from Abuse.

Learn more at herizonhouse.com.

 

2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity BBQ

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2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque  

Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services held its second  annual Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque in aid of Herizon House Women’s Shelter-a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides a place of safety where women and children will feel accepted, supported and empowered as they move towards living their lives free of violence in Durham Region. 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 .

As with all of our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope charity  events we host, there was no charge to attend  however we did ask for our guests to donate non-perishable food items from our wish list to be used by the women and their children staying at the shelter and for their out reach program.

On Saturday, June 25th, we were  once again delighted to invite our friends. family and local businesses owners around for this Helping Hands Women’s  Charity Barbeque event, as it made for a fun and inspirational afternoon and helped the community.

Our Second Helping Hands Tree of Hope

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“Sending out a special thank you to everyone who attended our Don of All Trades 2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque Event! Every one contributed a Helping Hand on our second Tree of Hope!”

Yolanda D’Orazio

So What Was On the Menu?

 

Photos courtesy Don of All Trades

We offered our guests a variety of barbecued meats such as home-made Italian sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, a variety of home-made salads, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and a very special Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope cake!

Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Cake
Photos courtesy Don of All Trades

 

2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque

Thank you Mother Nature for giving us  beautiful sunshine and warm weather this year at our second annual Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque benefiting Herizon House! We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather on Saturday June 25, 2016.

Photos of how our wonderful day unfolded and the wonderful people  who helped Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services make a difference in the community below.

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2016 Helping Hands Women's Charity BBQ-Don of All Trades
Photos courtesy Don of All Trades

Support Local Business

At Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we always extend an invite to local businesses to showcase their wonderful products and services. Thank you Stephanie Atwood owner of Tranquility Matters for setting up your display and for attending our 2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity  Barbeque in aid of Herizon House.

Swag Bags

Swag Bags filled with lots of neat items and goodies given to everyone who joined our 2016 Helping Hands Women’s Charity Barbeque Event including special swag bags for the kids. Thank you to everyone who donated some very unique and beautiful items!

2016 Helping Hands Women's Charity BBQ-Don of All Trades
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108 Non Perishable Food Items Donated!

2016 Helping Hands Women's BBQ-Don Of All Trades
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I want to start off by saying THANK YOU once again!

Here’s what non perishable food items were collected at our Helping Hands Women’s BBQ benefiting Herizon House Woman’s Shelter. Check out the long list of what you all donated! Wow!

-12 cans of Kraft Mac & cheese
-7 packages of pasta
-6 cans of tomato sauce
-2 boxes of Cheerios
-5 cans of peas
-2 cans of sliced beets
-4 cans of beans
-2 cans of lentils
-1 can of baked beans
-6 cans of corn
-2 cans sliced white potatoes
-6 cans of tuna
-1 can of salmon
-4 containers of tea
-1 bottle of mustard
-2 boxes of pancake mix
-2 bottles of pancake syrup
-5 jars of peanut butter
-3 bottles of jam
-4 boxes of Jello
-5 boxes of crackers
-6 boxes of Juice boxes/packs
-2 boxes of pasta salad kits
-2 boxes of scalloped potatoes
-2 bottles of salad dressing
-3 boxes of cookies
-3 boxes of granola bars
-1 box pop tarts
-1 pack of skittles
-3 packages of bisquick mix
-1 Almond beverage
-1 Uncle Ben’s Fast N Fancy Flavoured Rice
-1 Laundry Basket

Also, thanking Claudia who was the winner of the $25 Metro Gift Card at our Prize Raffle and who donated it to Herizon House.

A Very Special Thank You

We are very proud of our  nieces Alessia and Olivia for their hard work. They made our food donation drop off bin so beautiful, meaningful and special! Love them to pieces!

Donated Prizes for Our Prize Table Raffles!

 

This event offered a raffle prize table filled a variety of donated prizes from friends, family and local businesses in the community. Tickets were purchased at this event and the lucky winners were announced towards the end of the event. We raised $179.25 plus the donated non perishable food items that were all donated to Herizon House women’s shelter!

2016 Helping Hands Charity Women's BBQ-Don Of All Trades
Photos courtesy Don of All Trades

 

We would like to send out a special thank you to the following local businesses, friends and family in the  community to donated prize items to help make this event such a HUGE success:

 

 

Congratulations to Our Prize Winners!

2016 Helping Hands Women's Charity BBQ-Don Of All Trades
Photos courtesy Don of All Trades
We Raised $179.25 in Cash Donations from our Prize Table!
2016 Helping Hands Women's Charity BBQ-Don Of All Trades
Photos courtesy Don of All Trades

 

Kind Words from Herizon House

 

2016 Helping Hands Women's Charity BBQ-Don of all Trades  On behalf of Herizon House, I would like to extend our thanks once again to Yolanda and Don of All Trades for hosting this charity BBQ! The Helping Hands project has already benefited abused women and their children so much! Our gratitude is extended to all of those who donated, attended, and in every way supported this event, and especially to the organizers and helpers. It is because of community members like ALL of you that we can continue our programs at Herizon House.  Thank you from our hearts!!!

 

 

Helpig Hands T-SHIRTS

 

Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

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.