The Mercy Tree began with an idea from a then 8 year old, Mercy Stretton, to help kids in need have a good Christmas.
We have been honoured to support The Salvation Army Belkan House, Dodson House, and Sheway--all major charitable organizations in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver--bring Christmas to families who would otherwise go without.
Eleven years on, the Mercy Tree has grown to include a Back-To-School Grocery Drive to help kids in low income areas have healthy snacks before heading back to school each Fall.
During this years Back to School Grocery Drive, our donors generously gave over $900 worth of groceries, which included a very generous donation from a local Businesswomen's Group. We helped restock the Pantry at SheWay and ensured everyone had plenty of snacks as they started the school year.
During the Christmas 2020 season, through the generosity of others and by using technology to build and create a 'virtual' Mercy Tree, we were able to ensure Christmas came this year again for 20 families in need.
We are always on the lookout for more opportunities to support those already working on the DTES and it is through these connections that we began. If you have an idea or suggestion for the Mercy Tree to consider getting involved with, please send us an email--we'd love to hear from you!