Most of the families were graciously adopted out. For single people and couples, food hampers were given out, gift cards were purchased along with a warm pair of socks from Mark’s Work Warehouse. For added warmth, new hoodies were given out as well.
Thank you to our wonderful ‘Hoodie Elf’, Sandy O’Hare for continuing her Facebook ‘Hoodie Drive’ again this year.
People donated a total of 140 new hoodies, as well as hand knit items, bedding, socks and PJ’s.
It was wonderful to see people so kindly donating at the check-out counters, at VOS and Foodland, totaling over $5,500. Thank you to BMO, Canadian Tire, CIBC, Emmerson Insurance, Foodland, Food Basic, Gus Brown, McDonald’s, Port Perry Print, Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, Shopper’s Drug Mart, VOS Independent and Walmart, for having a drop off box at their locations.
Hamper Day at the Victory Christian Centre ran smoothly, thanks to a mild day with the assistance of over 30 wonderful volunteers. The Volunteers were very appreciative to McDonald’s and Hanks for donating coffee, muffins and donuts. A delicious lunch was provided by Emmanuel Community Church.
To all the wonderful caring individuals, groups, families and businesses who: adopted families; donated food, money, toys, gift cards and their time, you are truly special --- THANK YOU
Christmas Campaign Coordinator