As the weather this week turns cold for the first real time this season here in Toronto, it's hard for most of us to imagine the challenges that this brings to our city's most vulnerable populations, as well as our many newcomers.
From now until the end of the month, for every winter item purchased in our online store, we'll donate a winter hat or scarf to the Keep Toronto Warm winter clothing drive at New Circles Community Services.
New Circles is a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. They provide much needed clothing and social programs to individuals living on a low-income, as well as all Syrian and other government-assisted refugees across the city.
Their core mission is to ensure that local families struggling with poverty can meet their basic need for adequate clothing, and at this time are facing a critical shortage of winter clothing and have placed an urgent call for donations.
You can also help by donating gently-used coats, jackets, snowpants, snowsuits, hats, scarves and mitts/gloves, or any good quality, seasonally appropriate clothing. You can drop donations off directly at the New Circles North York location, or any of four partnered locations of Bosley Real Estate across the city. Feel free to also email me to arrange drop off at my east end Toronto studio.