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We would like to take this opportunity to thank our valued clients, friends and team members for their support of the 2019 edition of our Kindness Tour!

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FEBRUARY 01

We visited FARESHARE FOOD BANK (Oakville) for a tour of their wonderful facility that is entirely staffed by volunteers! This non-profit depends entirely on the generosity of the community and currently serves 400 families monthly. We were pleased to give them a donation to go towards buying fresh meat and poultry.

FEBRUARY 02

The OAKVILLE & MILTON HUMANE SOCIETY also relies entirely on donations to feed, shelter, care for, provide veterinary care and find homes for animals. We donated to THE CHARLIE FUND which provides emergency and specialized vet care to homeless and injured animals. Pictured above is Angel, the Manager of Community Initiatives, cuddling Spencer who is looking for his ‘forever’ home.

FEBRUARY 03

The HAMILTON CHILDREN’S CHOIR provides unique music education experiences that are life changing. Our donation will go towards funding children in the greater Hamilton community who wish to be part of this exceptional choir that believes in ‘accessibility for all’ and fosters creativity, personal development and social growth.

FEBRUARY 04

NEIGHBOUR CARE NETWORK is a program operated by the Kerr Street Mission. We were asked if we could outfit a kitchen with the basics for a needy family. Rebecca, with KSM, is pictured with our donation prior to it being delivered to the family by a volunteer.

FEBRUARY 05

FOOD4KIDS provides packages of healthy food for kids aged 4-14 years with limited or no access to food on weekends. These packages are prepared by volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday to ensure the children have nourishment over the weekend. There are more than 500 children in Halton in need of this program. Our donation will go towards the purchase of items to be placed in these ‘backpack’ packages.

FEBRUARY 06

The WELLSPRING BIRMINGHAM GILGAN HOUSE is a warm and welcoming centre that has helped thousand overcome the emotional, physical and informational challenges that often come with a cancer diagnosis. All services are provided free of charge and our donation today was made in honour of one of our colleagues who is currently undergoing treatment.

FEBRUARY 07

Our Team prepared (from scratch!) a hearty & nourishing meal for 80 members of our community at the KERR STREET MISSION, a gathering place & a hub of care for families for more than 2 decades. KSM develops innovative programs to assist those that are struggling to provide the basic necessities for themselves & their families. Over 2,000 meals are served monthly, all prepared by volunteers. “Nothing teaches hope, kindness, courage and compassion more than helping others.”

FEBRUARY 08

The HALTON WOMEN’S PLACE provides a safe haven, information and education to support a future without abuse for women and their children. Their website contains a list of the supplies they are constantly are in need of. First aid items are essential and we were pleased to donate digital thermometers for both adults and children.

FEBRUARY 09

ACCLAIM HEALTH offers an adult day program at Sheridan College, 6 days per week, for those suffering from dementia. Referred to as ‘The Club’, it provides a friendly and safe atmosphere, offering numerous activities including pet therapy, exercise classes and music sessions to encourage members to socialize and engage in the world around them. Our donation was earmarked for this program. We also learned that Acclaim Health has begun fundraising efforts for their new, state-of-the-art dementia care centre to be built on Speers Road, opening in early 2020.

FEBRUARY 10

THE COMPASS in Port Credit provides ‘help for today, hope for tomorrow’. Operating since 2002, they provide a welcoming place for members of their community to come for help. They offer immediate assistance with groceries and work with their clients offering practical and spiritual support. We were pleased to donate to their food market.

FEBRUARY 11

Today we popped by the West Oakville location of LITERACY SOUTH HALTON. They were in need of bookcases and printing paper for their office. Since 1980, Literacy South Halton has helped adults improve their literacy and numeracy skills, the foundation for acquiring all other skills necessary to succeed in the workforce.

FEBRUARY 12

A donation was made today to DISTRESS CENTRE HALTON, a community-based organization that has been providing support to individuals 24/7 for 4 decades. Their service improves the health and wellness of our community and the quality of life for those who are alone, isolated and vulnerable. They help those that reach out to them to better cope with crisis and emotional stress.

FEBRUARY 13

For over 15 years, Linda (pictured to the right of Alicia) has been the volunteer breakfast coordinator (5 days a week!) at OAKWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOL. She was instrumental in developing the school’s EATING HEALTHY PROGRAM which incorporates food literacy, food skills and nourishment into each student’s day. On Linda’s wish list this year was a ‘FoodSaver’ to vacuum seal fruits and vegetables, thus extending their freshness. We were delighted to deliver it today along with autographed copies of ‘Freddy and the Blue Jays’, kindly donated to us by Oakville’s own bestselling author of children’s books, Tina Powell. The books will be enjoyed by the children participating in the daily breakfast program!

FEBRUARY 14

ARTHOUSE is a Halton-based charitable organization that offers free programs to children and youth who may not otherwise have access to arts-related activities. Since 2009 ArtHouse has provided 492 programs to over 7,000 participants at 73 locations throughout Burlington, Milton and Oakville. It has been proven that involvement with the arts can cultivate imagination and support learning in other subject areas. Pictured above is the Founder of ArtHouse, Don Pangman and Community Officer Parent, Gemma, Taylor and a few of the participants! On this Valentine’s Day we were pleased to make a donation to ArtHouse and bring each child an autographed copy of Tina Powell’s book, Freddy and the Blue Jays.

FEBRUARY 15

AN INSTRUMENT FOR EVERY CHILD (AIFEC) encourages children in the Hamilton area to participate in music programs by awarding grants to cover expenses and by providing each participant with an instrument free of charge for the duration of the program. AIFEC enables children to experience the joy and benefits of playing music, regardless of their socio-economic position. Educational research has shown that children who study the arts demonstrate a stronger overall academic performance while improving their self-confidence and communication skills. We were pleased to make a donation to AN INSTRUMENT FOR EVERY CHILD, an organization that empowers positive change in their community.

FEBRUARY 16

NINTH LIFE CAT RESCUE is a registered charity that is entirely volunteer driven. They are dedicated to rescuing cats from many different situations. Covering the Greater Toronto Area, Ninth Life Cat Rescue provides health care and nourishment to felines of all ages, in warm and welcoming foster homes that help prepare them for adoption into their ‘forever’ homes. PetValu (N. Service Road/Dorval) is hosting an Adoption Event this weekend. Our donation will go towards paying veterinary costs. Pictured here is one of their volunteers, Jennifer, holding Autumn who is hoping to be adopted this weekend!

FEBRUARY 17

MEALS ON WHEELS being in England during WW2 in 1976 the Kiwanis Club of Oakville inaugurated a Meals on Wheels program in Oakville. Since that date, nutritious meals have been delivered five days a week since then to resident who are unable to attend to their own nutritional needs but prefer to live independently in their community. Currently they delivers to over 300 clients which equates to 2100 meals per month! Not only do volunteers deliver nourishment, they provide the positive benefits of social contact, particularly appreciated at this time of year. MEALS ON WHEELS provide a vital community service and we were pleased to make a donation to them on this annual Day of Kindness, February 17th.

FEBRUARY 18

IAN ANDERSON HOUSE (IAH), Ontario’s first in-resident cancer hospice, offers without charge, quality end-of-life palliative care by trained medical professionals. The house provides a homelike and safe environment where residents receive round-the-clock care. True to hospice philosophy, Ian Anderson House also understands the need to support the family as a unit. A donation was made to this exceptional hospice that relies solely on donations to offset their operating costs.

FEBRUARY 19

We love our Kindness Tour visits to THE KENSINGTON, a bustling senior’s residence in downtown Oakville. While many in-house programs are offered to the residents each day of the week, they are especially fond of their BINGO! With Team Member Josh Bernard calling the numbers for a third year in a row, the Games Room was the place to be this afternoon! There was friendly kibitzing and a degree of competition as everyone vied for the winning pots! It was nice to see so many familiar faces too! The residents always say as we go to leave – “we’ll see you next year”!!!

FEBRUARY 20

COMMUNITY LIVING OAKVILLE was founded 65 years ago by a group of dedicated parents. Today it provides a wide range of support services to children, youth and adults who have developmental disabilities. Community Living Oakville (CLO) recognizes the rights of everyone to have a full range of life choices, including access to education, affordable and appropriate housing, leisure options, gainful employment and participation in the community. We had heard that participants at the Church Street CLO location love Swiss Chalet so we were delighted to deliver 22 lunches to them as a surprise today!

FEBRUARY 21

In 1980 a group of young moms created a welcoming place where they could meet other parents, share stories and learn more about parenting while their children participated in fun and educational activities, integral to early childhood development. The  OAKVILLE PARENT CHILD CENTRE’s mission is to support, nurture and empower children and their families as they learn and grow together.  In addition to our donation today at the North Service Road location, we were pleased to give each child an autographed copy of Oakville author Tina Powell’s new children’s book entitled Freddy and the Blue Jays!

FEBRUARY 22

The OAK PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE (OPNC) was established in 1999, designed to be a non-institutional space, one that could be relevant to the whole community. With a focus on the residents of North Oakville, OPCN served over 2000 people representing 862 households last year. With a strong core of volunteers, they provide diverse educational programs, ongoing support, recreational activities and social opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Team Member, Irene Ciancio, brought desserts for their Friday seniors program and in addition she is also the guest speaker today!

FEBRUARY 23

IODE, the Angela Bruce Chapter, is a Canadian women’s charitable organization that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education, support, community service and citizenship programs. 100% of the proceeds from the busy IODE shop on Kerr Street, goes towards supporting local students in their post secondary education goals. We were pleased to make a donation that will go towards necessary purchases for the shop.

FEBRUARY 24

GRACE HOUSE provides time-limited, residential accommodation for up to 10 adults who are motivated to make positive changes in their lives. Grace House continues to be the only group home in Halton providing 24/7 supportive, supervised, relationship-based care to adults who require assistance to learn the spectrum of life skills necessary for independent living.  As the home is in need of repairs and updates, we were pleased to give Marla, one of the staff members, a Home Depot gift card!

FEBRUARY 25

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS (BBBS) of Halton services the diverse and complex needs of marginalized and vulnerable children and youth. BBBS finds safe, intelligent and caring mentors who  help each child reach their full potential. Staff provide guidance, support and mentorship throughout the mentoring relationship, ensuring positive and consistent attention to each child. The results of these life changing experiences are powerful. Children who have positive adult role models in their lives do achieve more. They are confident, happier, make better life choices and pursue healthy lifestyles. We were pleased to make a donation to this most worthy organization that positively changes the course of young lives.

FEBRUARY 26

FOOD WITH GRACE is a Waterdown-based food bank that has been in operation since 2013. They currently serve over 45 families weekly. A very dedicated volunteer team of 40 individuals from the community organize this weekly food bank that runs on Tuesday afternoons, year around. We were pleased to make a donation to go towards the purchase of necessary items.

FEBRUARY 27

HIPPY stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. It is a free course that serves vulnerable families in Oakville, Burlington and Milton. The 30 week programs are based upon children’s literature and include free materials and weekly in-home support and training with a Home Visitor. Additionally there are group meetings to develop parenting skills while children participate in a pre-school group and learn social skills and expectations. Children enter kindergarten with a sound foundation, confident and ready to learn! We were pleased to make a donation to this organization that recognizes Mothers as their children’s first and most influential teacher!

FEBRUARY 28

We popped into The May Court Shop on Kerr Street with a donation of clothing, purses and a cheque. With a focus on women, children and seniors, THE MAY COURT CLUB OF OAKVILLE is indeed the gold standard for volunteerism in our community.