helping families in Thorncliffe Park
ESG has joined other churches in the North Toronto Cluster to help fund an initiative taking place in Thorncliffe Park through the month of Ramadan.
Canadian Community Services Organization is providing food boxes to help the poorest members of the community get through Ramadan. This year, Ramadan begins on April 12th, and lasts a month. The Thorncliffe Park community has been very hard hit by the pandemic. Many of the men lost jobs as taxi and Uber drivers, while others, men and women, have been working as essential workers, so the community has been a hotspot for Covid-19.
The Canadian Community Services Organization, led by community leader Masood Alam, has provided food to quarantined families during the pandemic. ESG has donated $1000 to help fund food boxes for their organization for the month of Ramadan, when people eat more food than usual. The boxes will be distributed to the poorest households: families led by single mothers, seniors and the very poor. Their aim is to help 100-200 families.
from Masood Alam:
“Thank you for your great support to Canadian Community Services Organization’s Food Drive in Thorncliffe Park.
On behalf of our team I sincerely appreciate your generous support and this donation.
Yesterday we served 200 families with non-perishable food boxes, fresh chicken, flour and rice bags. Altogether it was some 80-90 pounds of food good enough for a family for a month. We have also distributed over 2000 face masks, hand sanitizers and baby diapers.
We are also providing immediate groceries, food and cash vouchers to purchase food to the families in Thorncliffe, affected with COVID-19 and in isolation.
There is a big need, especially during this pandemic and the current lockdown situation.
We are targeting to serve another 200 families in Ramadan just before festival of Eid.”
Click here to watch a video of the food boxes being prepared for delivery!
Many thanks to Rev. Stephen Milton at Lawrence Park Community Church for the video and photos of the project in action.