This week on Talk Recovery Radio
This week on Talk Recovery Radio the Recovery Kidz team, Alexis, Linda, Lara and Kimberlea join the show for a full hour to talk about what they are doing to help mothers and fathers through the holidays and give their kids the best Christmas yet. Join us on Facebook live from 12-1pm this Thursday.
Who does Recovery Kidz Help?
Recovery Kidz is an organization that strives to provide resources to parents seeking a new way of life in recovery from addiction. We see parents in recovery as a people of worth and dignity and worthy of assistance in their journey. We also see addiction as a family disease and seek to help normalize the holiday season for children affected by addiction.
Your donations of toys, gift cards and cash will bring a smile to so many children whose parents are, in some cases, unable to see them because they are in a treatment facility this year
Recovery Kidz strives to provide resources to parents seeking a new way of life in recovery. We see parents in recovery as a people of worth and dignity and worthy of assistance in their journey. Our vision is to see parents and families set free from addictions and relieved of the stress that comes when you’re not able to provide gifts for the holidays. We hope to normalize children’s lives while their parents are seeking recovery and make their lives happier throughout the process. It is our hope that every child will experience the joy of opening at least one Christmas gift on Christmas morning.
The Recovery Kidz is run by some powerful woman in recovery, Alexis, Linda Lara and Kimberlea plus many more who help out, lots of people donate to many great causes during the holidays, to the homeless, food bank and many other causes that are very important, but the parents who are bettering their lives, taking six months to a year away from their work, family and life to learn how to better their lives. Christmas is a common time that fathers and mothers In addiction treatment want to leave because they feel as they need to be with their kids.
Recovery Kidz History
Alexis talks about the beginnings of Recovery Kidz, I 2013 she had some extra toys, when Alexis’ kids were growing up they were often given many toys that they wouldn’t necessarily play with and Alexis thought that maybe other kids may like the toys, so she called a residential treatment centre and asked if they could use some toys so fathers can give their kids Christmas gifts. When Alexis did some more research into this, she found out that a kid who has a parent in a residential treatment centre and is not residing with them, they become ineligible for Christmas Bureau. The first year Alexis gather a couple toys to parents who were not able to provide to their kids. But the next year she wanted to go bigger and get Christmas lists from the kids and get them what they actually want, Alexis reached out on social media and got on the phone with a facility in 2014 and she asked how she can help that year. Alexis got a list of kids gender and ages, then she connected with moms around the lower mainland from the North Shore Moms Club and a New Westminster Moms Group. After Alexis reached out she was overloaded with toys, and she was really overwhelmed with all the toys she was given so she also phoned the women’s centre. Alexis says that she has chosen to donate to facilities with men mostly because she feels like it is always the moms getting looked after when in need and the men get overlooked when it comes to donating to parents. Every single year Recovery Kidz grew giving to more and more kids In need.
Recovery Kidz Vision
Our vision is to see parents and families set free from addictions and relieved of the stress that comes when you’re not able to provide gifts for the holidays. It is our hope that every child will experience the joy of opening at least one Christmas gift on Christmas morning. In past years, with your support we have been able to do much more and we hope that this year is even better, but we need your help!
Lara shares her personal story of being a mother in recovery and for the first few Christmas’ in recovery she was not able to put presents under the Christmas tree, Lara also grew up with a mother in recovery and addiction and she did not experience Christmas morning as a child with gifts under the tree for herself. Lara explains what it was like coming back from school and hearing all her friends talk about the gifts they got during Christmas and what they asked for from Santa. Lara does not want kids who have parents who are in treatment and can not afford to buy their kids gifts to experience that themselves. Lara also says that the parents who are getting well and making the decision to better their lives so they have many more Christmas’ with their kids.
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