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Every holiday season shelters across Toronto are inundated with requests for help and support from families struggling during our harsh winter. While the reasons they need help vary (abuse, poverty, illness) their need for help, and hope, is undeniable. Santa Comes to Bay Street (SCTBS) allows families that might otherwise have nothing, to give their children (and themselves) the necessities for the winter - and maybe more importantly (to a child at least) - a gift to open during the holidays.
This year, SCTBS will not be hosting its usual Event due to COVID-19. However, SCTBS intends to help approximately 15 shelters and 1 food bank with gifts and necessities to the best of our ability (on a contactless basis).
We will be using a limited team of 10 people (instead of our normal ~300 volunteers) to help the people living in the shelters (and using the food bank) with the following procedure:
- Donors and Corporate Sponsors contribute cash to purchase the gift items and necessities for those in shelters over the holidays. Appropriate tax receipts will be issued
- SCTBS board purchases the gifts through the gift registry and arranges delivery of the items directly to the shelters to limit contact.
- The shelter representatives will sort the gifts and bag them to ensure the recipients receive a personalized gift bag consisting of a unique gift that has been specifically requested by each recipient.
- Shelter staff distribute the gifts in time for the holidays.
Due to COVID-19, we are unable to hold a lot of our normal fund raising activities. As a result we could really use your support so that we can continue to support these shelters over the holiday season. We accept online donations and appreciate your continued support.