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17 2012

Breakfast Television’s Xmas Tree Sale raises over $12,000

Syndicated from: Daily Bread Food Bank

When the sun came up on Friday December 14th the party at Yonge and Dundas Square was already well under way! Staff from Home Depot, Breakfast Television and Daily Bread Food Bank were joined by hundreds of people braving the early morning chill in search of the perfect Christmas tree. For the 6th year in a row, Home Depot donated over 1000 locally grown trees while Breakfast Television organized the party and brought their cameras! The event drew crowds with trees of all sizes available for a minimum donation of $10, with all proceeds going directly to Daily Bread Food Bank. Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread’s executive director, commented on the great party atmosphere that was created thanks to the dedication and support of Home Depot and Breakfast Television. With a band singing Christmas carols, free hot drinks from Tassimo and lots of prizes to be won from Home Depot – energy and spirits were high!  Ray Goral and Thomas McCulloch of Home Depot had been up since 4:30 a.m. making sure that all of the trees were ready to go. For them, this event is all about giving back.  And with over 30 staff associates volunteering their time, one of the benefits is that it really builds community and brings people together for a great cause.  The energy of volunteers was truly infectious as they sang and danced with everyone in line and brought out the smiles on both young and old. In just a few hours almost all of the trees had found a home for the holidays and Daily Bread Food Bank was one big step closer to reaching their holiday goals with the event raising over $12,000. Each month Daily Bread member agencies receive over 67,000 visits from children and adults. To help provide much needed support, Daily Bread Food Bank is hoping to raise $1.5 million dollars and collect 1 million pounds of food. With just over a week until Christmas, you can still help make this goal a reality and provide support to food banks and meal programs across Toronto during this holiday season. By Heather Brady, Communications Volunteer

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