This season, remember the kids who will benefit from gifts of creativity

During the season of giving, it is important to remember the kids who will truly benefit from the gift of creativity – including the opportunity to participate in meaningful arts and cultural activities.

Over 72,000 children in Saskatchewan live below the poverty line and face many daily challenges. 

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Support to Creative Kids gives these kids the chance to be creative, to belong, to get involved and to learn new skills that contribute to increased self-confidence and self-esteem. This year, the Creative Kids’ 12 Days of Giving Holiday Campaign highlights the opportunity to give and change a child’s life by offering the gift of creativity. 

Established in 2010, Creative Kids is a charitable-giving program designed to provide grants of up to $750 per year to Saskatchewan children and youth, ages 4-19, who face barriers to accessing arts and cultural activities such as music, dance, culture, arts or theatre. Thanks to donations to Creative Kids, over 1,200 kids in need get the chance to participate in arts and cultural programming each year. 

“This year reminded us of the importance that arts and culture has to our everyday lives,” said Gloria Walsh, manager, Creative Kids Saskatchewan. “The pandemic may have created challenges to the delivery of arts and cultural activity, but it hasn’t stopped the need for the programs and the work of service providers in creating solutions to access. Opportunities to engage in arts and culture activities are still being offered and it’s up to all of us to help ensure that children in need are able to access these programs.” 

For 12 days in the holiday season starting November 16, Creative Kids will highlight many of the many benefits of cultural activity for children and youth. These benefits are the reasons why it is important for people to give to help ensure that children and youth have the opportunity to participate in these life-changing activities.

This is why Creative Kids is helping kids access creative activities such as music, dance, theatre, art, languages and culture.  

Walsh said, “The holidays may feel a little different this year especially for children. But Creative Kids believes we can still create memorable moments for our young ones and help them engage in arts and creative activities during these challenging times.” 

For every donation made, Creative Kids sends out beautiful bookmark to use as a keepsake or as a gift. All the funds raised stay right in Saskatchewan to support kids in local communities. Gifts $20 and over will receive an official tax receipt. 

More information about the Creative Kids Holiday Giving Campaign can be found on their website.