The holiday season is often filled with love, laughter and joy. It is a time to be with family and spread cheer wherever you go. Unfortunately, there are some people in our community who are in situations that are less fortunate; where food and presents are hard to come by. The Mississauga News Santa Claus Fund, in collaboration with the Toronto Star, distributes thousands of Santa boxes each year to families who need a little help over the holiday season. The fund was established in 1906, making it one of Toronto’s oldest charities and each box contains clothing, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a book and a game, suited to the specific gender and age of the child receiving the box.
This year, the fund plans to deliver 45, 000 boxes to families in need with the help of volunteers, such as Scouting Groups across the GTA. The 6th Erin Mills Scouting Group from Mississauga have been delivering boxes for a number of years, and the youth always have a good time acting as Santa’s elves. The experience is always rewarding for the Scouts and youth, especially when they see children’s faces light up and the thankful smiles of parents. The Group not only delivers but also helps to sort the 800 or so boxes that are to be distributed throughout the community. The Santa Claus Fund is an amazing way to help out those around you and spread a little holiday magic! You and your Group can take action by joining the Santa Claus Fund in your area or starting your own community projects to help out those in need.
By: Stephanie Aultman, Scouts Canada National Youth Spokesperson and Regional Lead for the Western Ontario Region
6th Erin Mills Venturer Company