Gifts in Kind

Partnerships in the Community

Dave and Michelle from TCM with Jack from St. Paul's Bloor Street

Dave and Michelle from TCM with Jack from St. Paul's Bloor Street

Remember the feeling of being anxious about school starting, mixed with the excitement about your new set of back-to-school clothes and school supplies? Some of the children and families in the communities we serve experience only half of these mixed feelings. New sweaters and school supplies may not be possible for families who struggle against the impacts of poverty.

Over the Summer, St. Paul’s Bloor Street ran a school supply drive to benefit the children in the St. James Town community. The congregation collected hundreds of items including lunchboxes, backpacks, pencil cases, crayons, paper, geometry sets, and more!

St. Paul’s Bloor Street also runs a snack program for the Kids in Community (KIC) after school program. Once a week, volunteers come together and prepare healthy snacks for the kids, including sandwiches, fruit, and juice boxes.

Thank you St. Paul’s Bloor Street for your generosity. We look forward to continuing this partnership as well as growing our community of partners and supporters. If you are looking for a chance to get involved, please check out our opportunities or get in touch with us!


Vanessa's Birthday Gift to TCM

We received a large gift of supplies for programs from Vanessa, below is her story on why she asked for gifts-in-kind for her birthday. Thank you, Vanessa!

We love when our supporters get creative. This story is about our supporter Vanessa who, for her birthday, opted for supplies for KIC in lieu of birthday presents. Here is her story

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill

The quote is a simple reminder to all of us, we do not necessarily need all of the luxurious all the time, there are many less fortunate people in this world who are in need of basic needs such as food, clothes, school supplies, and shelter. Many of us take for granted the things we have and receive, while these things mean the world to others.

Last year was the toughest year of my life. It had many ups and downs that eventually placed me at rock bottom. Throughout my struggle, I was strengthen by the spirit of God and by the people that surround me. I began to realize that my life was not the most difficult life that some other people have to face. There are millions of people in this world that are faced with a lot more difficulty in their lives. Life can sometimes be very difficult – just remember that God will never let you walk alone.

I am deeply thankful and grateful by the blessings that God has given me. For this reason, I wanted to do something special for my birthday this year, not for me, but for others in need, especially kids. A week before I invited my friends for a birthday dinner at my house, I notified them that I did not wish for any gift for myself, but I would like gifts and donations to help the kids at Toronto City Mission. To my surprise, I received an overwhelming amount of support and I collected more items than I would ever expect. Delivering happiness to the kids at TCM was a great gift.

I am not looking for recognition or praise by sharing this story. I simply share my story to encourage others to not only help others in needs but also to share the love with those around us – even with just simple little things.

God bless you

-Vanessa Witania