This holiday season the Unionville Youth Council hosted their annual Christmas drive to collect donations for Covenant House, an organization that supports at-risk and homeless youth in Toronto.
According to Covenant House, up to 6,000 youth experience homelessness every night, with 40 per cent of youth first experiencing homelessness before the age of 16.
Bisma Ali, chair of the Unionville Youth Council, says that they’ve been running the Covenant House Christmas Drive for more than 10 years. She says that through this initiative, they hope to provide extra support for these youth and to make what they’re going through a little easier.
“Our council has decided to take on this donation drive for so many years now as we know of the amazing work that Covenant House does for the homeless youth of Toronto,” said Ali. “They are able to directly work with troubled youth, and as many of us are not able to be on the field directing change, it gives us a chance to help out where we can.”
This year, the youth council collected approximately 20 boxes of items filled with clothing, beauty products, toiletries, and more for Covenant House. The youth council has also collected approximately $1,000 in gift cards.
“Many of us take for granted the lives we live in, and hopefully with this drive we come to appreciate our lives and become more educated on the underlying issues of youth.”
To learn more about the Covenant House and how you can give back this Christmas, visit covenanthousetoronto.ca.
Photo: The Covenant House Christmas Drive is an annual initiative where boxes of donations are collected every year to support at-risk and homeless youth in Toronto (Photo Courtesy of Unionville Youth Council).