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Posted 10.29.20 in NewsBack

Virtual Costume Contest at Hands

(Northern Ontario) With trick-or-treating and Halloween parties not happening for many families this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is stepping up to help ensure kids get the chance to celebrate and show off their spooky and/or super-cute costumes with a Virtual Costume Contest.

Hosted by Hands Autism Services, the Virtual Costume Contest is open now. To enter, simply submit a picture of yourself, your family or your loved one in costume. You can post it to Hands Autism Services Facebook page, or email it to [email protected]. All submitted entries will be entered into a draw; first prize is a $100 gift card, second prize is a $50 gift card, and third prize is a $25 gift card. The contest is open to everyone and the deadline for submissions is November 2, 2020.

The prize draw will take place Live on the Hands Autism Services Facebook page on November 2, 2020, at 4:00 pm.
“For the past three years, we’ve hosted a Sensory Sensitive Halloween Celebration at Hands offices across Northeastern Ontario to help children with Autism practice trick-or-treating and other activities associated with Halloween,” said Dr. Karen Grattan-Miscio, Senior Manager of Autism Services at Hands. “Halloween is an important event for children and families and we wanted to help them celebrate in a safe and fun way with this new Costume Contest.”

During the pandemic Hands continues to offer Autism Services to families across Northeastern Ontario, both online, and in person where needed. To learn more, or to register for events and services, call Hands’ Autism Team at 1.800.668.8555 ext. 1333 or email [email protected]. Visit Hands’ website for more information: www.TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca.

Background: Hand TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is dedicated to improving the life experiences of families, children, youth and adults with mental health concerns or a developmental disability, by providing them with help and support in facing and working through social, emotional, behavioural, physical and developmental difficulties.
Our team, comprised of Child and Family Therapists, Child and Youth Workers, Behavior Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists and many other health care professionals, provides services to more than
11,000 individuals in North Bay, Nipissing, Muskoka, Parry Sound, and Northern Ontario each year. Hands provides professional services in the areas of: adult developmental services, autism, child development, child and youth mental health, justice services and navigation support. We are a Lead Agency for child and youth mental health in the Muskoka, Nipissing and Parry Sound service area.
Hands is a fully accredited, bilingual, not-for-profit registered charity that makes a positive difference in the lives of the individuals and families for whom we provide support.

For More Information:

Please contact Bob Pipe, Communications Coordinator, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca, 705.476.2293 ext. 1223, [email protected].