Churches in Rosedale, Moore Park and Leaside are again sponsoring a Christmas Drive (the 47th consecutive) to assist local food banks and agencies that continue to be in urgent need of help at this time of year. Flyers are delivered to area households in advance on Saturday, November 17 and food items are then picked up on the following Saturday, November 24. There are two locations. The first is Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (OLPH) on St. Clair Avenue East, one block west of Mount Pleasant Road. The other is St. Cuthbert’s Church on Bayview Avenue, south of Millwood Road near Humphreys Funeral Home.
On each Saturday we begin at 9:30 am. The first one usually takes about an hour or so as it is only requires leaving flyers at canvassed residences. On the second it is necessary to knock on doors as many home owners do not leave their gifts on the porch as directed or want to hand them to you in person. The second one is therefore much longer and can be three hours or more depending on the response. Donations are sorted and packed at OLPH with same day delivery to recipient food banks and agencies normally by 2 pm so it is a full day of activity. In 2017 about 14,000 items were collected and over three thousand in monetary donations for which tax receipts are available upon request. It is hoped to better this figure this year as the demand is still great. About 300 volunteers are required and community hours (quite generous given the early weekend starts) are available for high school students who need for graduation or any other reasons.
It is a fun event for both families and young persons and is in aid of a worthwhile cause to benefit the less fortunate members of our community.
If further information is required, please contact the Campaign Chair, Brian Kearney, at 416-972-0585 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.