Charitable and Fundraising Activities
Sewing Club meets the third Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. Members quilt, sew, crochet or knit. Products such as hand-sewn Flannel Receiving Blankets, Lined Baby Blankets and Knitted Hats and Mittens are donated to Moorelands or sold to members for Fundraising. The money they bring in from their beautiful quiltings and sewings goes to buy supplies for Heart Pillows and Moorelands.
Heart Pillow meets on the second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. This activity involves purchasing material, cutting out pieces, sewing, and stuffing them. We send 40 pillows each month to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the Toronto General Hospital.
The “Heart Pillow” plays an essential role in the successful recovery of open-heart surgery patients. By hugging the pillows, the chest cavity is kept intact and there is less likelihood of stitches tearing. Heart surgery patients are also encouraged to cough to release congestion in their lungs. By hugging the heart pillow against their sternum, it provides support to their chest and relieves post-operative pain.
For a patient’s perspective on the benefits of the heart pillows, take a look at the article Heart-shaped pillows cushion recovery for cardiac patients, which was published by the University Health Network (of which TGH is a part) in 2019.
ROSE (Rays Of Sunshine Everywhere) is a charitable organization that supports the Canadian Military. Tim Hortons Gift cards are donated to the Canadian Military who are deployed for peace keeping duties.
Moorelands Baby Bundles is an outreach program delivered in partnership with Toronto Social Services to support families in need with new baby clothing, toilet articles, blankets and toys. The bundles are used by Public Health Nurses and social workers as teaching and outreach tools and help connect young mothers living in poverty with their communities.
Salvation Army holds an annual Christmas Toy Drive for babies or teens. New, unwrapped toys are collected and donated to the Toy Drive.
Help the Children Christmas shoe box campaign.
TCV 50/50 Draw - At each monthly meeting, attendees can purchase tickets for the 50/50 draw. The money collected is split three ways: 30% to the 1st prize winner, 20% to the 2nd prize winner, and 50% to the TCV Toronto Club.
Charities recommended by individual members and approved by the club, such as MS Society, and Gently Used Bears Collection receive support.
Tags from Milk and Bread Bags are collected and recycled.
Used Plastic Pens, Markers, and Mechanical Pencils are collected for Eco Pens. This is an initiaive started by two students in Durham working with Staples. Pens, markers, and mechanical pencils that no longer work are collected, disassembled, and the parts recycled into pastic for making new items such as benches and watering cans.
Pop and Beer Can Tabs are collected and taken to a centre for scrap metals for which we are paid. The money raised is divided between the TCV and ROSE.
Used Greeting Cards from any occasion are repurposed and sold as a fund raiser.
Used Postage Stamps are collected and given to the Leprosy Mission to help with their fund raising.
Old Eyeglasses are saved for RayJon Share, who take them to third world countries. The volunteer group goes to Haiti for one week twice a year to provide glasses for the inhabitants. Volunteers pay all of their own expenses. They go to other third world countries as well.
Please note that we no longer collect Labels from Campbell Soup and V8 Juice. The Labels for Education program to help schools purchase supplies has ended as of May 31, 2018.
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