Photo & Interview Opportunity - City's poor and needy receive Christmas meal, comfort at The Scott Mission

    TORONTO, Dec. 24 /CNW/ - They follow each other, single-file through The
Scott Mission chapel to a brightly decorated, yet modest dining room with
garland and tree.
    They know Christmas is coming at some point because of the buzz in the
air as shoppers hustle down the street, but otherwise each day lacks
distinction from the next.
    They are the City's forgotten. But at The Scott Mission, you would think
    On Tuesday Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m., The Scott Mission will serve a hot
Christmas meal to about 400 needy and homeless individuals.
    For many, this will be their only meal of the day. For others, it's about
more than the food. The Mission is where they can sit among friends and not
feel alone.
    "Christmas is a hard time for people for so many different reasons and
we're not here to ask questions or judge," says Executive Director David
Smith. "We're here to talk to them, give them a good meal and help them
experience the joy and peace of the season."

    Who:   The Scott Mission clients and Executive Director David Smith

    What:  Christmas meal for Toronto's needy (Menu: Vegetable tomato soup,
           garden salad, smoked turkey with gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce,
           baby roasted potatoes, mixed vegetable and mixed fruit jello with

    Where: The Scott Mission dining room
           502 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
           (north-west corner of College and Spadina)

    When:  Tuesday December 25, 2007
           10:30 a.m. (first sitting)

    After the Christmas meal, staff and volunteers will oversee activities,
games, and catering for the 45 men in The Scott Mission's shelter. The
Mission's Christmas efforts also include the distribution of Christmas grocery
vouchers and turkeys to 2,850 low-income families and brand new toys for 2,455

    The Scott Mission has been responding to the needs of the poor, homeless,
abandoned and vulnerable of all ages since 1941 by offering practical,
emotional and spiritual support for thousands of people each year. Through its
efforts, the Mission, a Christian non-denominational organization based in
downtown Toronto, offers many programs to support the poor and homeless in our
    The Mission offers: daily hot meals, a low-cost daycare, summer camp for
children and youth, free good-quality clothing, groceries, shower and laundry
facilities for the homeless, an overnight program, foot clinic, after-school
clubs and out-of-town retreats for shut-ins.  For more information on The
Scott Mission, visit

For further information:

For further information: or to confirm your attendance, please contact
Avril Henry, Director of Public Relations,, (416)
923-8872 ext. 322; Melissa Yue, Communications Coordinator,, (416) 923-8872 ext. 443; Onsite contact for December
25: David Smith, Executive Director, The Scott Mission, (416) 570-0960

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