by Blankets for T.O. on March 27th, 2021
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As this school year comes to a close, Blankets for T.O. organized the Care Package Event which aimed to donate items to shelters around Scarborough. As we prepared our donations, we also received a visit from local Member of Parliament Shaun Chen, who honoured us with a certificate!
The goal of the Care Package Event was to collect numerous items which are often in short supply in homeless shelters and gather them into personalized packages for donation. With the help of the shelter at Warden Woods Community Centre, we chose items that are important for safety during the pandemic, like hand sanitizer and masks, as well as personal hygiene items which are often in high demand. Additionally, our Blankets for T.O. members gave excellent ideas for items to include!
Our care packages were meticulously made by our Blankets for T.O. executive team on March 26th, 2021 while on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. These care packages were subsequently donated to two shelters around Scarborough, including the respite site at the Warden Woods Community Centre.
Each care package is a drawstring bag containing items that are often tough to come by for residents of shelters. Each bag contains:
toothbrush + toothpaste
personalized note: our kind members submitted to us messages of positivity and encouragement, which we added in as notes that care package recipients will read. We hope that these words can brighten up their days!
a vaccination leaflet: a short and sweet information card that tackles some of the common origins of vaccine hesitancy within the homeless community. We aim to help people in need to better understand vaccines and address their concerns to ultimately promote higher vaccination rates!
In total, we packaged 800 items! This is about 80 care packages in total!
Shaun Chen, the Member of Parliament for Scarborough North, came by to the University of Toronto Scarborough to talk to us about our event! We talked about homelessness in Scarborough and explained our plans for events and fundraising.
Blankets for T.O. is also honoured to have received a certificate from Shaun Chen's office. The certificate recognizes organization's efforts "to address homelessness by distributing essential items to those in need in the Greater Toronto Area". Our "generosity and acts of care during the COVID-19 pandemic are greatly valued and will significantly impact our community".
Below are photos of our co-founders accepting this special and customized certificate:
The Blankets for T.O. care package event was a complete success! We would like to thank the executive team that organized such a daunting event. Thanks to our members for giving us their input about items to donate and offering us help in obtaining them.
Thank you MP Shaun Chen for making our Care Package Event much more special! Blankets for T.O. is always open to working with local community leaders, as well as with politicians, regardless of their affiliation! Want to work with us? Send us a message here.