Consider donating this holiday season

Reporter: Natasha Cohen

As holidays approach one after the other, so do events for fundraising.
It’s important to be thankful for all that we have and to remember not everyone is as lucky as we are. Canadians are struggling and the economy is no help.
The holidays offer many different ways to donate such as the annual Food and Toy Drive, The Salvation Army, and Feed the Need Durham.
Schools and stores put up donation bins and encourage people to give in the spirit of these holidays, but shouldn’t the spirit of giving be every day?
There are numerous ways you can help – not just during the holiday season, but all year. People should remember throughout the entire year there are others going without the essentials.
In 2010, the Salvation Army provided 6,350 Canadians shelter and helped those with addictions with detox. They served 2.7 million meals and assisted 1,152,700 people with food, clothing, and practical assistance. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people every day in 400 communities across Canada. They offer practical assistance for children and families and give the basic necessities of life. There’s also Feed the Need Durham, an organization that fights to end hunger here in the region.
The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul operates a store in Oshawa on 15 Albert St. and is dedicated to helping those less fortunate.
The Campus Food Centre is also committed to reducing hunger on campus by providing food for students in need.
The centre ensures food items and toiletries are available to all students. Students can help by donating to the centre. On average Feed the Need handles between 135,000 and 150,000 pounds of food per month that is distributed to an estimated 50,000 people in Durham Region.