Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity
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The Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity provides financial assistance to seriously ill, financially disadvantaged children and their families across Ontario. Our objective for this project is to provide financial assistance for 2-3 seriously ill Ontario children by raising $2,000. This will provide emergency household expenses to keep a family intact in their home, transportation to medical appointments, nutritious groceries to help a child recovering from treatment, medications not covered by a health plan, therapies to help a child, and more.


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* Donation totals must exceed $20 in order to be eligible for a tax receipt. Donations receipts will be issued when the funds are transferred to charity.



The Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity (JACC) was established to bring hope out of tragedy. In 1990, Jennifer Ashleigh Clements died of Spinal Muscular Atrophy at six months of age. Throughout her illness, her family, in the midst of their own suffering - saw other families struggle with out of pocket expenses they never anticipated. When Jennifer passed away, her family chose to honour her memory by bringing love, hope and compassion to a silent struggle that they had seen first-hand.


JACC is also unique in a number of ways, from other charities in our sector: We help children from birth through 21 years of age (most organizations cease their assistance at age 18), are not illness or disease specific, receive NO government or United Way funding, act as a “safety net” when all other resources have been exhausted, do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, colour, ethnicity, religion or cultural background, and take a very flexible and individual approach to providing financial assistance to the children that are referred to us.


When your child is in the hospital, that’s the only place you want to be. But then there’s the reality of it all: the rent still needs to be paid; you still need to be able to put food on the table; you need to pay someone to look after your healthy child so you can be there when your child is frightened and confused. There’s an obvious gap between what you need and what you can afford. There are times “when love is not enough”…
JACC stands arm-in-arm with these families. Over the past 22 years, we have provided financial assistance to more than 10,500 seriously ill Ontario children and their families who are struggling and have nowhere else to turn. These expenses include: emergency rent, utilities, nutritious groceries, transportation and accommodation for medical appointments, therapy costs, respite care, and much more. These are costs that are not covered by a health plan, yet they are very real costs surrounding their child’s illness and necessities of life. The children and families that we help are those that routinely “fall through the cracks” – children you might not even know about. JACC relies solely on the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporate donors.
Please join us in our mission to “improve the lives of seriously ill children and their families…when love is not enough”.
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