Photo & Interview Opportunity - The Scott Mission will satisfy stomachs and souls at Easter

    TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - The significance of Easter Sunday often gets
lost in the hunt for foil-wrapped chocolate and pastel eggs.
    But at The Scott Mission, a Christian social service to the poor and
homeless in downtown Toronto, Easter is celebrated as Christ's victory over
death on the cross. It's a reminder that anyone can have a new life and start
    "Some people who come to us are lost and want a reason to keep on
living," says Executive Director David Smith. "We hope we can show them
through our words and actions that they are greatly valued by God and by us."
    On Sunday April 8, The Scott Mission will have a morning worship service
to share the meaning of Easter at 9:30 a.m. followed by a special meal at
10:30 a.m.
    Media are invited to attend the first sitting of the meal at 10:30 a.m.
in the Mission's dining room.
    "We hope Easter will be a time of reflection for the people who come
here," says Executive Director David Smith. "Even though they may not be rich
in the material sense, they are rich in other ways, such as having friends and
a place like this where they can feel at home."

    Who:      The Scott Mission clients and Executive Director David J. Smith

    What:     Easter meal for Toronto's needy (Menu: French Canadian pea
              soup, coleslaw, ham with pineapple sauce, scalloped potatoes,
              broccoli, and crème caramel)

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

    When:     Sunday April 8, 2007
              10:30 a.m. (first sitting)

    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, a summer camp for
children and youth, free good-quality clothing, groceries, shower and laundry
facilities for the homeless, an overnight program, an after-school program,
friendly visiting and out-of-town retreats for shut-ins.

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 April 8:
David J. Smith, Executive Director, The Scott Mission, (416) 570-0960

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