On Dec. 9, more than a dozen members of the Jays Care #CommunityCrew gathered at The Scott Mission in downtown Toronto to participate in their holiday hamper program. This opportunity was presented to #CommunityCrew members following a $10,000 investment from Jays Care Foundation towards the Scott Mission, which was put toward sweaters and jackets for the youth who use their services.
"[Volunteer help from the community] means everything," said Trevor Smith, Manager of Volunteers and Community Outreach, The Scott Mission. "We function strongly off of community support, and it's about the community helping the community. When a group like the Jays Care #CommunityCrew comes and volunteers their time, it's just all links in the chain that tie the community together -- it's essential. There is so much that needs to be done at Christmas time and we can't do it alone."
Thanks to all @JaysCare #CommunityCrew members who spent their afternoon volunteering at @TheScottMission! pic.twitter.com/a7qZSSzslN
Members of the #CommunityCrew spent the afternoon packing hampers full of nutritious food and holiday necessities to be distributed among eligible patrons of the mission.
"I like to volunteer my time around the Christmas season and I like to do whatever I can for Jays Care, so when those two things line up it works out really well, "said #CommunityCrew member Karyn Gottschalk. "It's been a really fun afternoon -- I didn't even know that the Scott Mission was here, so it's nice to find out about the work their doing here and how I can help. I've been packing oats into individual bags. …I've never done something like this with Jays Care, but I always have a great experience volunteering for Jays Care, and this is no different."