Markham Cares Holiday Donation Drive

Due to COVID-19, the need for food and toys is great this holiday season. The City of Markham invites you to help our friends and neighbours by dropping off toys, non-perishable food and personal care items at any Markham Fire Station.

Toy Drive

Until December 21, 2020 new, unwrapped toys (any age group) will be collected for the Salvation Army and Markham Stouffville Hospital’s Children’s Centre.

Food & Personal Care

Until January 8, 2021, the City of Markham is collecting for the Markham Food Bank.

Most needed items:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meat and fish
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Baby food
  • Toiletries
  • Menstrual hygiene products

Ontario’s Hunger Report, which outlines the impact of COVID-19 on food bank use in Ontario, found that food bank use was on the rise pre-Covid; food banks experienced a surge at the beginning of the pandemic, with a 26.5% increase in first-time visitors between March and June 2020. This second wave is continuing through the holiday season and the City of Markham is hoping the community can collect as much as possible.

“There are members of our community that need our support,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “If you can, please donate generously and help those in need in our community, so no child goes without a toy and no family goes without a meal this holiday season.”

For more information and to find a Markham Fire Station near you, please see the Markham Cares webpage.

 

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