Salvation Army suddenly homeless; to be temporarily located at
Grand & Toy warehouse
TORONTO, July 22 /CNW/ - One of Canada's most respected charitable
organizations has found salvation in the country's oldest office supply
Grand & Toy is providing temporary refuge to The Salvation Army Railside
Food & Toy Distribution Centre, donating 34,000 sq. ft of its Home Office
warehouse in Toronto until the recently burned down distribution centre can be
rebuilt. The devastating fire destroyed the Railside location, and most of
what it housed including 268 skids of food and approximately 100,000 toys
bound for children in need in Eastern Ontario.
"Grand & Toy didn't blink," said Captain John Murray, spokesperson for
The Salvation Army. "When they heard about our misfortune, they jumped right
into action, and within days got us whatever we needed. It is precisely this
sort of generosity that has allowed us to function for so many years and it is
inspiring to us that our organizations can coordinate our efforts to help so
many of those less fortunate."
The Salvation Army lost its Railside location in the spring when a fire
and associated smoke and water damage rendered the building unfit for use.
Grand & Toy's donation of the warehouse space (equivalent to one full floor of
a large office building) including docking area, furnished office space, and
access to a subsidized cafeteria, is helping the organization feel more at
home while they rebuild their own. This space will store and distribute food
and toys for approximately 90,000 people in the GTA who rely on shelters,
feeding programs, camps, daycare centres, and emergency and disaster relief
programs everyday. These services are valued at $6 million annually.
"The Salvation Army has been a beacon of hope for so many of Canada's
families in need, and the loss it experienced in the spring was both tragic
and untimely," said Kevin Edwards, Vice President of Marketing for Grand &
Toy. "We didn't want to just offer space; we wanted the place to be
comfortable, functional, and feel like home so that employees could hit the
ground running and start to rebuild the lost supply."
The Salvation Army's Railside location is expected to be ready for use
again in early 2009. Until then, donors can donate cash to The Red Shield
Drive, SalvationArmy.ca or 1-800-SAL-ARMY, so that the Railside Distribution
Centre can continue to fulfill its important mandate.
About Grand & Toy
Founded in 1882, Grand & Toy has evolved from Canada's leading supplier
of office products to the nation's number one source for complete business
solutions. From office supplies, interiors, technology and imaging, to a host
of essential professional services, Grand & Toy is enhancing office
performance by providing the tools and solutions needed to stay competitive in
today's fast-paced marketplace. Offering more than 10,000 products available
through an award-winning web site, detailed catalogue and over 40 retail
locations across Canada, Grand & Toy offers the resources, experience and
insight to help Canadian businesses realize their full potential. For more
information, visit www.grandandtoy.com.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 115 countries around the world.
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For further information:
For further information: Robyn Breslow, APEX Public Relations, (416)
924-4442/ext. 256, firstname.lastname@example.org; Neil W. Leduke, The Salvation Army,
(416) 321-2654/ext. 125, Neil_Leduke@can.salvationarmy.org