Generosity is the heart of humanity. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Dear Markland Wood Residents,
On Sunday, December 11th, the Markland Wood Homeowners Association celebratd our 49th annual Christmas Caravan. This was our annual event to collect non-perishable foods items and/or cash donations from every home on every street in Markland Wood.
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. - David Thomas
The Caravan included a sound vehicle to “herald a carol”, a jolly old man in a red suit riding in a golf cart (the reindeer are resting up for the big day), Police vehicles and a big Fire Truck, transport trailer and dozens of elves collected door to door. You may have heard us coming but if you were away, we asked you to please leave your donations on your front doorstep for collection. No matter what the weather is like on Sunday, our Caravan with its many volunteers knocked on doors to ask for your donations.
We started The Caravan at the Markland Wood Plaza at 8:45 a.m. where all volunteers assembled and cheerfully started our collection on the north side of Bloor St. We had a break for a hot chocolate at Silverthorn CI, collect some more and then had a quick lunch at the Bloordale United Church. During the afternoon we collected on the south side of Bloor St., starting at around 1:30 p.m. and finished at around 3:30 p.m. where we cheerfully unload the donated collections.
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller
The food donation recipients are:
The Daily Bread Food Bank,
The Brothers of the Good Shepherd &
The Scott Mission
The money collected went in full to the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund.
The Caravan always qualifies for high school volunteer hours.
Merry Christmas & thank you for your generosity!
(Above: 45th Christmas Caravan 2012 video)