The Mercy Tree began with the idea of an 8 year old girl named Mercy in 2010. She wanted to help kids in Vancouver, who were in need, have a good Christmas.
We started in collecting gifts for the Salvation Army's Belkin House back in 2010 and from there we grew to provide gifts for folks in residence at Dodson Neighbourhood House and for families and children at Sheway.
Since then, the Mercy Tree has grown to include a Back-To-School Grocery Drive, to help parents ensure their children have good, healthy snacks to begin the school year well.
"Sheway provides comprehensive health and social services to women who are pregnant and/or parenting young children and who are experiencing current or previous issues with substance use.
Sheway also assists in fulfilling basic needs, such as providing daily nutritious lunches, food coupons, food bags, nutritional supplements, formula, and clothing."
"The program's focus is to help women have healthy pregnancies and positive early parenting experiences."
Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society and Vancouver Coastal Health provide funding for Sheway’s programming up to age 2.
The Mercy Tree donates both Christmas presents and grocery items not covered by government funding and is in addition to the long term support that Sheway provides to the families in their care.
To participate in The Mercy Tree you need to select a Gift Tag. It’s easy, accessible for everyone and will be delivered to the gift recipient in time for Christmas Day.
Come back this August for the Back-to-School Grocery Drive! More details to come.