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Saturday, December 17 2016

There was no shortage of Christmas spirit at Woodside Square Shopping Centre this past holiday season as many were witness to a special philanthropic initiative. The community mall collaborated with the Toronto Police 42 Division as well as the Toronto Transit Commission to bring gifts and smiles to the faces of troubled children and youth in a range of neighbourhoods throughout the city. Stages of the event, including the mall’s active role in giving back were captured on City TV’s CityNews. The community mall not only sponsored the Toronto Police 42 Division but also Kennedy House Youth Services and United Way Toronto with over $7,500 worth of toys, books, and games. When the TTC bus pulled up to the mall I realized how many toys we’ll be able to transport to the needy throughout a slew of neighbourhoods. Police officers, TTC workers, and volunteers haul bags upon bags of items into the massive vehicle. I could picture the reactions of the children when they are surprised with new books, games, and teddy bears. Although Woodside Square Shopping Centre is known for being a one-stop shop within Scarborough, the mall never fails to help the less fortunate while involving community members every step of the way through similar acts of benevolence and creative strategies of raising awareness.

Fatima M – Triovest

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