Volunteer Corner for Dec. 1, 2015

Neighbourhood Centre is looking to deliver a holiday meal, gifts, warm clothes and year-round household essentials to 100 families in need in the Crescent Town and Oakridge neighbourhoods this Christmas. To donate money, shop a family wish list or volunteer with the Centre’s annual Holiday Hamper program, call Helena Frank at 416-698-1624 ext. 204 or email holidayhampers@neighourhoodcentre.org. All donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.

More serving and clean-up help is needed at the free Thursday night dinners hosted by Neighbourhood Link at 10 Gower Street, which have seen a surge in demand. Volunteers are needed from 4 p.m. to 6:30 or 7 p.m. every Thursday. Call Neighbourhood Link at 416-691-7407 for more info.

Any printers looking to lend ink to a good cause are invited to sponsor Cooking from the Community Cupboard, a cookbook crowd-sourced by Upper Beach residents that will help support a family of Syrian refugees. Recipes and distribution help have already come pouring in, says lead organizer Christine Platt, who can be reached at christine.platt@yahoo.com.

A donations drive for the food bank at Glen Rhodes United Church starts today, Dec. 1, thanks to the Gerrard East Community Organization. Powdered or shelf-safe milk, juice, cereal, oatmeal, as well as pasta, peanut butter and canned meat, fish or produce top the list of needed items, which can be dropped off at one of 10 stores along Gerrard Street East. Call 416-465-3755 or visit the GECO Facebook page for more information.

The Beaches Amnesty Group will hold its annual ‘Write for Rights’ letter-writing campaign on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at St. John the Baptist, Norway, Anglican Church, 470 Woodbine Ave., beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event, marking International Human Rights Day, involves writing letters and cards on behalf of those who have no voice or freedom. Guest speaker is Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available.

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