Kids Basics

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This program collects and distributes brand-new children’s clothing and other basic-needs items to social service agencies and programs working with children who are facing abuse, poverty, homelessness, parental drug abuse and crime, immigration and settlement.

 

The agencies working with these children (and in many cases, their families as well) face multiple challenges, and the clothing and other basic-needs items we provide for the children are crucial not only for fostering pride and self-esteem, but also for successful participation in school activities.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

During the cold Canadian winters, a snowsuit or coat, boots, hats and mittens are basic necessities of life. We help to ensure that children receive proper seasonal attire. The program Backpacks sends school-aged children to class with backpacks full of school supplies, such as pencils, pens, markers, binders, calculators, dictionaries, paper, tissues, and hand sanitizers, while Jo’s Snowflake Program supplies backpacks filled with comforting items like clothing, pajamas, slippers, toothbrushes, toys, and books to children who are entering a shelter.

Backpack Program:

The Backpack program sends school-aged children, most of whom are living in shelters, to class with NEW backpacks full of NEW school supplies, such as pencils, pens, markers, binders, calculators, dictionaries, paper, tissues and hand sanitizers. Children in shelters are usually fleeing from abusive situations and have to leave their belongings behind. They also transfer to a new school for safety reasons. A new backpack full of new schools supplies helps ease the stress of this traumatic time in their lives.

JO’S SNOWFLAKE PROGRAM

Jo’s Snowflake Program supplies backpacks filled with comforting items like clothing, pajamas, slippers, toothbrushes, toys, blankets and books to children who are entering shelters. The backpacks greatly help to ease the trauma that children are dealing with as they have been forced to leave their home and school due to safety reasons.

OUR PROGRAMS

This is a full-day workshop for people on employment assistance that prepares them for transitioning into the workforce. We offer job-specific clothing, personal care items and first impression training for job seekers. Participants gain hands-on experience that enhances their self-esteem and in turn, employability, by getting the tools and tips they need to make that critical positive first impression on future employers. They also leave the workshop with four-to-six new work-related clothing items and a gift bag full of personal care items.

 

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This includes Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSB) job training placement for people with intellectual and/or physical challenges who are training in basic work skills. Participants come to us to learn basic back-to-work skills in the warehouse, boutique or administrative capacities. They gain the confidence and experience needed to help secure and maintain a job.

 

 

 

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Our dress boutique sells brand new designer wedding and prom dresses at a discount while offering hands-on employment training to marginalized job seekers.

 

 

 

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Rogers cell phone dealers from various cities around the country donate cell phones and start-up phone cards to people who cannot afford them. Participants include those searching for employment and families with children. For many of them, these phones become a lifeline—literally.

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