Yonge Street Mission's Community Celebrate Gratitude in the Midst of Poverty and Homelessness

TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - TODAY, on Thanksgiving Sunday over 200 people struggling with poverty and homelessness will be feasting on turkey and celebrating to live music from the Yonge Street Mission's Church at the Mission band.  The theme of this year's Thanksgiving campaign is gratitude. 

Members of the media are welcome to attend the Mission's Thanksgiving service to capture the spirit of gratitude at 270 Gerrard St. East (Parliament and Gerrard) from 3:00-5:30 pm inside the Christian Community Centre. 

"In the midst of hardships and trials, our community members who tackle poverty and homelessness are some of the most courageous people you'll meet. I'm grateful to serve them," says Matthew Parker, Director, Church at the Mission.

The Mission provides care for those impacted by social isolation over the holidays to community members from Regent Park, Moss Park, St. James Town and the downtown core to share a warm meal and build friendship.

A long time community member and volunteer with the Mission says, "I'm thankful this Thanksgiving for the Mission because I don't have to be at home and feel sorry for myself."

The Yonge Street Mission's Thanksgiving campaign includes a fundraiser where $3.11 provides more than a single meal; it's an introduction to the Mission's services. 

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.

The easiest and fastest way to make a financial donation or volunteer is to click online at www.ysm.ca.  You can also mail cheques to: Yonge Street Mission, 306 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2G7. Or, call directly during Monday to Friday from 9 am - 5pm at 416-929-9614.

SOURCE: Yonge Street Mission

For further information:

Contact: Helen Choi, Marketing Coordinator at 416-320-6803 or hchoi@ysm.ca

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