In 2018, the Club with the support of partners and volunteers provided hampers containing a variety of food, along with clothing and also toys for children. The Christmas Hamper Program exists primarily for the Club’s members’ families. The 2019 Dovercourt Christmas Hamper Program will support 260 families mainly with children in the Club’s After School Program. If the Club is able to within its 2019 set target a limited number of Hampers may be allotted for other families and partnering organizations.
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This year, Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club partnered with main sponsors Metro, Mike and Nicole Tevlin, Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation, and Furlani Foods to prepare and organize hampers for 260 families. In addition, support from Board of Directors, donors and community members and staff made this Program possible.
Over the span of a busy week from Thursday December 19 to Monday December 23, our Club will assemble 260 hampers – each hamper comprised of 5 boxes containing fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, turkey and nonperishable items. In total, 1, 300 individual food boxes are being prepared and packaged by 230 volunteers and Club staff. This year, the Club expanded the Christmas Hamper Program by providing additional toys, clothing and baby items. The months of diligent organizing and planning; agglomerates into a swift pick-up and delivery system on Monday December 23.
New 2019 partnerships include Liberty Kids, Ubisoft, United Dairy Grocers Inc, Yoobi, Michaels, RBC, CIBC Mellon and Addidas. Due to generous toy donations from Holly’s Toy Drive, TD St. Clair, Wilson Track & Structures, Liberty Kids, City of Toronto and Bloor Street Fitness & Boxing, Dovercourt Club is able to provide toys to children of hamper recipients.
“While we’ve reduced the number of families receiving Hampers, a greater amount of emphasis is been placed on individual children within each family. For example for the first time all children will receive toys; babies and toddlers are also being focused on with food, diapers and other age appropriate products. And as well, the amount of food for each family has increased,” said Sheldon Taylor, Executive Director.
The Club is grateful for all the support, time and effort partnering organizations, volunteers, Board of Directors and staff has placed in making this program successful this year.