HOPE worldwide Canada

Christmas Donation Drive in Toronto Brings Happiness to Families

Our Toronto chapters recently held a Christmas charity drive to collect gift cards, toys, hygiene products and clothing for low income families in Toronto. We are grateful for the support and generous donations from the congregation at Milestones Christian Churches.

It was highly successful, with over $1000 in gift cards collected, hundreds of top quality toys, over 100 toiletry/ hygiene items, women’s clothing and 9 big boxes of granola bars, 500 in total.

All the items were donated to The Second Chance Foundation, an organisation that serves over 200 low income persons daily, mostly women facing severe challenges. Many of their clients are women integrating into society after incarceration.

Bev Dwyer, the founder and CEO of the Centre and her team were grateful for the donation and mentioned that they would add significantly to their annual Santa Claus gift distribution.

The centre serves many people living in extreme poverty, and the Toronto chapter will continue to find ways to support them and periodically send them non-perishable food items.

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help with the collection, packing and delivery of the donations safely and quickly.

Please Donate Hygiene Essentials

Our Toronto chapter is collecting the following items to distribute to members of our community experiencing homelessness in downtown Toronto:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand lotion
  • Body lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Face Towel
  • Face Masks
  • Soap

There is a desperate need for these items and your help will be greatly appreciated. There are over 9,200 people in Toronto who are experiencing homelessness on any given night, including 7,000 members of our community who use the shelter system every night.

How You Can Help:

Drop off your items in a plastic bag at the front door and a note at the following address:

175 Simonston Blvd, Thornhill

 

To make other arrangements you can also call:

(647) 328 2192

We thank you for your support.

Giving A helping hand in Toronto

Our Toronto Chapter has recently rolled out a care program to help members of their community experiencing homelessness.

Volunteers from the chapter gave out personal care packages on Sunday at Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto. Each package had a selection of essential personal hygiene products, safely packed and sanitized.

Thank you to all the supporters who donated items and the volunteers who came out to serve while practising strict social distancing habits.

 

If you wish to donate personal hygiene products for the next distribution in a few week’s time, please call (647) 328 2192 or email drphil.osagie@hopewwcanada.org. Items that are desperately needed include toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand/body lotion, soap, face towel, shampoo, and face masks.Thank you in advance!

HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers on the front line

Mickey Antenor

HOPE worldwide Canada would like to thank all the health care workers in our country and beyond who are working in hospitals, retirement homes and other organizations to fight Covid 19.

We also have a number of nurses, personal support workers and other volunteers who work on the frontlines of this pandemic.

Meet Mickey Antenor,  who works as a nurse and is one of our HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers in Toronto.

She works at one of the first COVID 19 assessment clinics in Scarborough.

Here are her comments when she joined the Covid assessment centre just before it opened, “This will be very new. I will be one of the frontline health workers who will assess and care for these patients. I am not scared. God is with me. I knew when I said yes to this that this has been my calling in life. That’s why I am so happy to be part of HOPE worldwide Canada as well. I intend to see you guys when this virus ends. For now please pray for me so I can serve well and do my job with all my heart.”

Let’s be extra grateful for all our healthcare workers out there and support them in any way we can.

Spreading Kindness to those Experiencing Homelessness During A Crisis

 

As the Coronavirus pandemic is spreading its impact all across Canada, HOPE worldwide Canada is also spreading acts of kindness, especially to the needy and most vulnerable.

The Toronto Central, East and West chapters   had a special Easter outreach at St Stephens Community House, located in downtown Toronto, and Dixon Hall located at Danforth Avenue. Between them, they served over 400 people experiencing homelessness daily.

We handed over 55 handmade mats, 200 special hygiene products, 100 single use medical gloves  and 100 pairs of outdoor socks.

The idea was to distribute items that were needed the most by homeless persons and also tie it to Easter as a special show of love and offer them a ray of hope.

Milk bag mats offer people without beds, an invaluable, durable and washable alternative to sleeping on the often cold and damp ground. They have also been used by health-care professionals as a make-ready substitute for an operating bed/table where resources are scarce.

The mattress mats are made of recycled milk bags. Each mattress is made of approximately 420 milk bags, with a lifespan of approximately 25 years. They are also waterproof, bug-proof and can be easily cleaned and dried.  The  initiative was originally championed by Angela Kesthely and her Milk Bags Unlimited organization.

The making of the mats is truly a labor of love. The mats are made by cleaning and flattening the milk bags, cutting them into strips, looping them into a chain formation and then weaving them onto a loom. Each handmade mat can take as much as four hours or more to complete.

One teenager Tyannah Brown, made three mats from her home.

The mats for this initiative were made in 6 households in Durham and also sourced from another milk mat weaver in the GTA. Looms and milk bags were dropped off at the various locations to ensure social distancing.

Barb Panter, Manager, Housing and Drop-in and Homelessness Services and Francine Freeman, Director of Development for Community Services  at St. Stephen’s Community House, were deeply appreciative of the Easter show of love by Hope worldwide Canada.

The next outreach and distribution of essential items for the poor is being planned at Good Shepherd.

If you are in downtown Toronto, Mississauga, Oshawa, Ajax or Pickering and would like to volunteer with one of our chapters, please send an email to communications@hopewwcanada.org

Meeting Needs in a Time of Physical Distancing

The impact COVID-19 has made on our world is unprecedented. Our entire nation is striving to stay indoors and maintain physical distance so as to ensure the safety of not only ourselves, but our neighbours as well. And while the pandemic has forced us all to stay at home, the call to serve our neighbours in need is as loud as ever.

HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers are answering the call by staying true to the mission of Jesus — transforming our world through love and support for our neighbours in need. As we have changed our programs in order to follow government and medical mandates, we have looked to other ways to meet needs in our communities.

HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers in Ontario are spending time while physically distancing making mats out of milk bags to be used by local shelters

Chapters across the country are providing critical volunteer support and community connection to food pantries, Child & Family Service agencies, shelters and other helping organizations. Volunteers are also creating neighbourhood collaborations to identify and help elderly and other vulnerable neighbours with day-to-day needs. Social media and online tools are other methods by which our volunteers are identifying needs they can address around their community.

The people, families and communities we love are in desperate need right now. HOPE worldwide Canada remains focused on prayer, as we know our God can do immeasurably more than we can imagine. We appreciate all the efforts and hard work of our volunteers and supporters as we all strive to overcome this crisis together. Thank you for your continued support!

The Toronto Central chapter collected winter clothes and food for the poor

Thank you to everyone for your generous donations last Sunday at the Toronto Central chapter’s winter clothes drive.
 
The chapter collected gloves, winter coats and non perishable food items at the Meridian Arts Centre. Members of the Toronto Church and friends showed their incredible generosity by giving much more than we expected, and extra vehicles had to be sought to ferry the goods.
 
The clothes and food were donated to the Out of the Cold program at Blythwood Baptist Church and the North York Harvest Food Bank.
 
These donations will go a long way to help the homeless and poor families in North York.

Toronto winter charity drive for the homeless

The Toronto Central chapter will be having a charity drive to help the homeless and poor families on, Sunday, December 15.

They will be collecting winter jackets, gloves and non perishable food items at 10:00 am in the lobby at Meridian Arts Centre – formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. If you have any questions, please call (416) 729 6945.

Toronto Church Campus Ministry Distribute “Blessing Bags” to the Homeless

And all set for the Winter Coats & Gloves Drive on December 15 by Hope worldwide
The Campus Ministry of the Toronto Church has taken a big step in helping the homeless get out of the cold this winter.
In a two week program, over 50 campus students went to various parts of the city and handed out “blessing bags” to the homeless. The blessing bags contained gloves, socks, toothpaste, toothbrush, blankets, hats, and feminine hygiene products. The response to the gesture was overwhelming and reflected the huge need.
The Campus Coordinator of the program, Thor Belarde restated their commitment to continue serving the community. “As our city gets colder and colder, the need for God’s warm presence becomes greater and greater. We are just trying to do our own part as the Toronto Campus Ministry, just as we have all been called to.”
The Campus group have also reserved some of these blessing bags for the Winter Coats, Gloves & Food Drive coming up on Sunday December 15 at the Meriden Arts Centre. It is an initiative and one of the signature activities of Hope worldwide Canada, Toronto Central Chapter.

 

HOPE Worldwide Canada at the 2019 Ride For Refuge

We would like to say a huge “Thank You!” to everyone who participated in this year’s Ride for Refuge.

Every year, HOPE worldwide Canada participates in this event to raise funds for local charities that provide refuge and hope for some of the most vulnerable people on earth.

This year over 104 participants of all ages joined our teams in Toronto Central (downtown), Toronto East (Ajax), Toronto West (Brampton, Mississauga), Halifax, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.. They rode, walked and enjoyed lunch together, a fun filled day for a great cause. Our teams raised just over $16. 355.

Here are a few pictures from the HOPE worldwide Canada teams across Canada. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.

For more pictures, please view the full album at our Facebook page here.