TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - All members of the media are welcome to
attend our annual Christmas holiday food and toy market held daily until December 24th.
Yonge Street Mission's Toy Market will take place at 306 Gerrard St.
Yonge Street Mission's Food Market will take place at 270 Gerrard St.
On December 24th we will have emergency toy and food market for
last-minute urgent distribution.
"We serve thousands during the holidays with the help of over 850
volunteers who come with warm hearts and spirits. Our volunteers want
to lend a hand and actually find themselves experience personal
transformation and moved emotionally," says Ruth Pentinga, Director of
"Christmas can be a very lonely and depressing time for our community
and often reminds them of what they don't have. Being able to provide
food and wrapped gifts shows our community that somebody cares," added
Janice Rainey, Director of Relief and Support.
Objective of the Toy and Food Market - To bring hope and joy to over 6,000 marginalized adults, homeless
youth and isolated seniors, and struggling families with children.
Demographics served - 74% of the registrants for our Toy and Food Market are from the Regent
Park (avg. income $22,977), Moss Park (avg. income $32,236) and St.
James Town communities.
Number of people served - We will be serving over 2,000 children at the Toy Market and over
2,000 people at the Food Market. We also serve over 200 seniors with
our senior boxes which include food and gifts delivered to isolated
seniors in the community.
Special needs of the community
For teens 13-18: gift cards (clothing retailers, movie, and books)
For street youth: back packs, sweatshirts, hygiene items and TTC tokens
For seniors: pajamas and slippers, seniors TTC tickets
Non-perishable food items: cereal, canned soup and other sources of
Clothing: new hats, gloves and scarves
Cash donations are appreciated so that we can purchase milk and eggs
How can you help? - Only through the generous donations of the community can we provide
help and hope this Christmas.
TO GIVE, LEARN, ACT: The easiest and fastest way to volunteer or make a financial donation
is to visit www.ysm.ca. You can mail cheques to: Yonge Street Mission, 306 Gerrard Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2G7 or call directly Monday to Friday from 9 am -
5pm at 416-929-9614 or 1-800-416-5111
ABOUT: The Yonge Street Mission has worked on the front lines of poverty in
Toronto since 1896, providing free meals, healthcare, clothing, job
training and education, counselling, and help to thousands of
individuals and families.
SOURCE: Yonge Street Mission
For further information:
CONTACT: Helen Choi, Marketing Coordinator at 416-320-6803 or firstname.lastname@example.org