We are trying to spread the word about this effort and encourage as many people to come out and donate their used clothes/shoes on the 22nd. Additionally, we really need volunteers on December 20/22 to hand out flyers. If any students are able to assist, please contact Mike directly (647) 999-8857
In a world without tragedy, there would be no heroism.
But when disaster strikes, compassion breeds. The international community and relief organizations have swiftly responded by donating tens of millions of dollars, and by airlifting all types of support, whether in providing financial assistance, medical aid & personnel, food, etc. Domestically, Canada has helped out in myriad ways including, but certainly not limited to, providing $40-million in aid and in deploying 237 soldiers as part of the Disaster Assistance Response Team, or DART. Despite this, more help is needed.
This kinship continued thanks in large part due to the extraordinary aid efforts undertaken by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who carried out “Operation Islands of Hope” where a 150-member team provided search, rescue and medical services. The IDF’s hospital treated close to 3,000 typhoon survivors and recently, the first baby born in the hospital was named “Israel” in recognition of these efforts. The Government of Israel also recently gave $500,000 worth of medicine to the Cebu provincial government in the Philippines.
To date, Canada’s Jewish community has commendably raised close to $200,000 for relief in the Philippines. We will never forget the role the Philippines played in helping to push for the Jewish people’s salvation and in ensuring that our futures are secure thanks to the creation of the Jewish state. A memorial outside Tel Aviv serves as a testimonial to the Philippines, a nation committed to humanity who came to the aid of the Jewish community in our times of need.
On Sunday December 22, Toronto’s Jewish community is uniting with our friends in the Filipino community in a city-wide clothing drive with drop-off locations at the BAYT synagogue in Thornhill (613 Clark Ave. W.), Pat’s No Frills in North York (270 Wilson Ave.) and at the intersection of Bathurst St. and Avenol Dr.In the spirit of kindness, care for our fellow man, and with holiday giving in mind, we invite and encourage all Torontonians to come out and show your support.