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Giving back: U of T Scarborough staff lead local donation drive

U of T Scarborough Donation Drive:

The holiday season is a flurry of joyful activity—selecting the perfect present, going to events and spending time with family.

But for many families across Toronto, the holiday season is worrisome—a lack of healthy food on the table, toys for children and layers of clothing—items not every family can afford. U of T Scarborough staff stepped up this holiday season to ease the worries of local families in need.

U of T Scarborough believes that giving back strengthens the community. From November 14 to December 13, the U of T Scarborough Donation Drive will support the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities in food and clothing donations, and the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish for toy donations. As an anchor institution, the University’s commitment to Scarborough is unwavering and staff have come together in the spirit of giving to support the local community.

“Scarborough is more than just our location, it’s part of our identity—whether you work at the University, call Scarborough home, or both,” says Holly Fraser, donation drive co-chair.

“We have a vibrant community and I’m proud to work and live here. It’s also important to me personally to give back to the community and that’s something I want to impart on my daughter."

In the past, there were three individual drives under the Office of Business, Operations and Strategic Affairs portfolio, but staff felt they could increase donations of food, toys and clothes by offering one University-wide drive and creating three lofty goals to support Scarborough families: Donating 1,500 pounds of food, 100 toys and 20 bags of clothing. In 2015, 960 pounds of food were donated.

Staff from each administrative department are participating, and Shirley Ng, donation drive co-chair, says, "The objective in 2016 is to cross-collaborate—with all administrative departments and staff to work in partnership to share their expertise and staff resources to bring this donation drive to another level."

U of T Scarborough Principal Bruce Kidd and Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Arifuzzaman spoke at a kick-off event on November 29 in the Meeting Place to discuss the importance of giving back to Scarborough and to encourage donations.

Interested in participating? Drop donations at any sleigh on campus by December 13; locations of sleighs can be found here. You are also welcome to contact the U of T Scarborough Donation Drive Co-chairs with questions: Shirley Ng and Holly Fraser.

UPDATE: The Donation Drive exceeded its goals! Thank you for your generous contributions to Scarborough families.

  • 1,671.5 pounds of food (goal of 1,500)
  • 31 bags of clothes (goal of 20)
  • 220 toys (goal of 100)

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