Toronto residents light up the holidays with charity

Opinion Dec 21, 2017 East York Mirror

Today, being Dec. 21, marks the shortest day of the year - the winter solstice.

But walk anywhere throughout our city this long night and you will not find a shortage of light to be had.

The world is aglow both on the outside on houses, front porches and trees, and on the inside from Christmas trees, holiday ornaments and Menorahs.

In this longest night of the year, light seems most appreciated.

Hanukkah, after all is by definition, the Jewish festival of lights.

And Christmas, celebrated on Dec. 25, is about the birth of Jesus Christ whom Christians believe is “the Light of the world.”

It seems fitting, then, in this holiday season of light, we turn the spotlight on some of our fellow city residents who are metaphorically helping to light up the lives of those who are in need (these stories can all be found on our website at insidetoronto.com):

• Rotary Etobicoke launches third annual hockey drive for First Nations kids. Last year, they hauled in an “absolutely crazy” collection tally of 40,000 pounds of hockey equipment - and delivered it;

• Toronto's Jewish Family and Child Services’ Drive for Dreidels campaign is distributing 2,000 toys and gift cards;

• Volunteers with east-end Toronto’s annual Share-A-Christmas campaign are aiming to donate 850 hampers overflowing with food and toys;

• Students in Humber College's School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism program weren’t content during the recent five-week teachers’ strike to just get together to pack and deliver lunches to homeless shelters and also organize a highly successful winter clothing drive. Recently, the students followed up by delivering 80 meals they made at their reopened college to various homeless shelters around the city;

• Shulman Law Firm P.C.’s recent food drive secured more than 900 pounds of food for North York Harvest Food Bank;

• Scarborough area mosques and cultural organizations are aiding local relief efforts in support of the Rohingya people. Adam Bholat of Jame Masjid Huzaifah recently returned from Bangladesh following a 10-day trip to deliver thousands of blankets and parcels of food for the refugees.

To slightly paraphrase Shakespeare: “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

Happy holidays!

Toronto residents light up the holidays with charity

Community groups, businesses and students give selflessly this season: Our View

Opinion Dec 21, 2017 East York Mirror

Today, being Dec. 21, marks the shortest day of the year - the winter solstice.

But walk anywhere throughout our city this long night and you will not find a shortage of light to be had.

The world is aglow both on the outside on houses, front porches and trees, and on the inside from Christmas trees, holiday ornaments and Menorahs.

In this longest night of the year, light seems most appreciated.

Hanukkah, after all is by definition, the Jewish festival of lights.

And Christmas, celebrated on Dec. 25, is about the birth of Jesus Christ whom Christians believe is “the Light of the world.”

It seems fitting, then, in this holiday season of light, we turn the spotlight on some of our fellow city residents who are metaphorically helping to light up the lives of those who are in need (these stories can all be found on our website at insidetoronto.com):

• Rotary Etobicoke launches third annual hockey drive for First Nations kids. Last year, they hauled in an “absolutely crazy” collection tally of 40,000 pounds of hockey equipment - and delivered it;

• Toronto's Jewish Family and Child Services’ Drive for Dreidels campaign is distributing 2,000 toys and gift cards;

• Volunteers with east-end Toronto’s annual Share-A-Christmas campaign are aiming to donate 850 hampers overflowing with food and toys;

• Students in Humber College's School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism program weren’t content during the recent five-week teachers’ strike to just get together to pack and deliver lunches to homeless shelters and also organize a highly successful winter clothing drive. Recently, the students followed up by delivering 80 meals they made at their reopened college to various homeless shelters around the city;

• Shulman Law Firm P.C.’s recent food drive secured more than 900 pounds of food for North York Harvest Food Bank;

• Scarborough area mosques and cultural organizations are aiding local relief efforts in support of the Rohingya people. Adam Bholat of Jame Masjid Huzaifah recently returned from Bangladesh following a 10-day trip to deliver thousands of blankets and parcels of food for the refugees.

To slightly paraphrase Shakespeare: “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

Happy holidays!

Toronto residents light up the holidays with charity

Community groups, businesses and students give selflessly this season: Our View

Opinion Dec 21, 2017 East York Mirror

Today, being Dec. 21, marks the shortest day of the year - the winter solstice.

But walk anywhere throughout our city this long night and you will not find a shortage of light to be had.

The world is aglow both on the outside on houses, front porches and trees, and on the inside from Christmas trees, holiday ornaments and Menorahs.

In this longest night of the year, light seems most appreciated.

Hanukkah, after all is by definition, the Jewish festival of lights.

And Christmas, celebrated on Dec. 25, is about the birth of Jesus Christ whom Christians believe is “the Light of the world.”

It seems fitting, then, in this holiday season of light, we turn the spotlight on some of our fellow city residents who are metaphorically helping to light up the lives of those who are in need (these stories can all be found on our website at insidetoronto.com):

• Rotary Etobicoke launches third annual hockey drive for First Nations kids. Last year, they hauled in an “absolutely crazy” collection tally of 40,000 pounds of hockey equipment - and delivered it;

• Toronto's Jewish Family and Child Services’ Drive for Dreidels campaign is distributing 2,000 toys and gift cards;

• Volunteers with east-end Toronto’s annual Share-A-Christmas campaign are aiming to donate 850 hampers overflowing with food and toys;

• Students in Humber College's School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism program weren’t content during the recent five-week teachers’ strike to just get together to pack and deliver lunches to homeless shelters and also organize a highly successful winter clothing drive. Recently, the students followed up by delivering 80 meals they made at their reopened college to various homeless shelters around the city;

• Shulman Law Firm P.C.’s recent food drive secured more than 900 pounds of food for North York Harvest Food Bank;

• Scarborough area mosques and cultural organizations are aiding local relief efforts in support of the Rohingya people. Adam Bholat of Jame Masjid Huzaifah recently returned from Bangladesh following a 10-day trip to deliver thousands of blankets and parcels of food for the refugees.

To slightly paraphrase Shakespeare: “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

Happy holidays!