Until Dec. 17, members of the York University community are invited to spread some holiday cheer to the less fortunate by contributing to the seventh annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive.
Organizers of the drive are hoping for another successful event after last year’s initiative which brought in several large bins and containers of food amounting to almost two metric tons.
“Last year’s Holiday Food & Toy Drive was a spectacular success,” said Richard Fry of York’s Security Services.
Toys and food that are collected are transported by bus to the Toronto Police Service’s 31 Division and to the North York Harvest Food Bank for distribution in local Toronto communities.
“This year, we will be calling on all of you once again to help feed our York community and surrounding University Heights community in the spirit of the holiday season,” said Fry.
The drive will be located at the Security Control Centre (William Small Building), the Glendon Green House, the Lost & Found (Ross Link) and the Physical Resources Building. At these locations, there will be large green bins that can be filled with food and toys. The York University Bookstore also participates in collecting donations, and this year (with the ongoing renovations) the boxes can be found at the cash area in the basement of Bookstore Central.
The last day to bring in a donation is Dec. 17.
“Together, we have proved that we can make a difference,” said Fry. “Let’s make the seventh annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive better than last year.”
Organizers will also be accepting cash to go purchase food for donations, and receipts will be posted (as in previous years).