With the holiday season just around the corner, Moorelands’ donors and staff are gearing up for our Christmas Sharing Program. Thanks to our generous Moorelands’ community, all our camper families have now been adopted! We are looking forward to meeting some of our donors when they come in next week to drop off packages for the families they are sharing gifts with this year. If you are a Christmas Sharing adopter, remember, you can drop off gifts Monday, November 30th, to Friday, December 4th, between 8.30am and 5.30pm. Thank you for your support!
If you didn’t get the chance to adopt-a-family but would still like to take part in Christmas Sharing, check out these ways to share joy this Christmas. Former camper and camp counsellor, Catlin and her daughter Liliana, did just that when they came in to donate items to Moorelands Baby Bundles program. Baby Bundles is an exclusively donor and volunteer run program which provides vital essentials to new mothers and babies in Toronto affected by poverty. Thanks Catlin and Lily for spreading cheer this Holiday Season!
If you are thinking about donating to Moorelands Christmas Sharing, a great time to act is Tuesday, December 1st, or GivingTuesday. GivingTuesday is an international day of giving and we’re encouraging our donors and volunteers to share their generosity on social media to spread the word about Moorelands. Taking part is easy: make a donation at moorelands.ca/gifts or through the GivingTuesday website and then post an #UNselfie to social media letting others know why you support Moorelands. Thank you!
It’s business as usual for our City Programs, with lots and lots going on! Moorelands Youth LED Volunteers have begun volunteering at Moorelands BLAST. One of our mottos at Moorelands, at camp and in the city, is that:
“Leadership shows: Use what you know to help others grow.”
Our Youth LED Volunteers have been passing on their leadership skills and experiences to BLAST kids. For example, one activity they took part in this week was active games at BLAST Grenoble. Our young leaders guided BLAST participants in the characteristics of good sportsmanship whilst playing in the gym and helped them understand the importance of respect and sharing.
Another activity over at BLAST Gateway this week was creating modern art masterpieces in the form of foil art! Our participants got to show off their creative flair and gain self confidence as they made some beautiful artwork and exhibited it to the group. Our leaders use these art and craft sessions to also teach participants about appreciation of diversity and showing respect and kindness when talking to each other about their work.
Over at BLAST Thorncliffe, healthy eating was on the menu once again. Ensuring that kids leave our program with important life skills is vital to the programming at Moorelands. That’s why we make sure kids learn cooking skills and understand the importance of a healthy, balanced diet. This week, participants learned out to make pancakes with fruit – delicious and nutritious food that they really enjoy!
Finally, last Friday, Moorelands was proud to take part in Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office’s ‘In Solidarity Peace March’. It was great to see our community united to celebrate diversity and inclusion. We enjoyed catching up with our community members and listening to some great speeches.
Have a great week!