ASSOCIUM took to the streets again this year with 28 Giving Bags in hand, in support of Giving Tuesday and our community. The men and women on the streets of Toronto who received these bags and turkey sandwiches were lovely. They were all so grateful to receive warm clothing, blankets, personal items and toiletries - and they were kind enough to make time to talk with us. In remembrance of the people we met:
Tiffany is nearly 7 months pregnant and was thrilled to get, among other items, a new backpack, a coat and a warm sweater. As we walked by I could hear her friend said she'd be "stylin".
Barry was hysterical and kept those around him smiling. He gave the scarf he received in his bag to his friend because he had one on already.
Karen was concerned that her boyfriend might not receive a bag and sandwich and was so happy to learn that we'd stick around and wait for him.
We ran out of men's bags by the time we met Dave and Ed but they made sure to let us know that they thought our efforts were great - and that they felt women needed the bags more than men.
We'll remember these people and others we met, and our thoughts will be with them this winter season. We hope that the items that were donated and the new items that were purchased will help them in the coming months, in some small way. While most of them blessed us for our service and kindness, we hope the same for them.