TORONTO, Dec. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Workers United has launched its annual holiday clothing drive and will be distributing new apparel items to women, men, and children at local member agency shelters in the city.
"Seeing that we represent workers in both brand name clothing distributors and social service agencies, we felt that this was a perfect initiative for us to run," says John Helson, Workers United representative and lead coordinator of the clothing drive.
Now in its 10th year, the clothing drive has been a great success, with companies working with the union to donate hundreds of new clothing items to distribute to some of the more vulnerable members of the community.
Thirteen boxes of new clothes have already been donated by American Eagle Outfitters, a Workers United represented workplace in Mississauga, and delivered to Nellie's, a women and children's shelter and advocacy agency in Toronto's East end.
"We've received a lot of positive feedback from both agency staff and service-users," Helson added. "These donations make a big difference for individuals and families in shelters going through difficult times, especially during the holidays."
Workers United represents 10,000 workers in Canada and 150,000 workers across North America. Workers United members work in garment and textile, food service, hospitality, social services, manufacturing and distribution industries.
Image with caption: "Left: American Eagle Outfitters (Sarah Van der Donk, Helen Charles, Soni Deol, Ricky Padilla) Right: Nellie's (Adriana Pelayo Rubio, Amran Jama, Lillian Mukasa) (CNW Group/Workers United Canada Council)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141209_C6242_PHOTO_EN_9135.jpg
SOURCE: Workers United Canada Council
For further information: John Helson 416-510-0887 ext: 246 or Navjeet Sidhu 416-510-0887 ext: 274