TTC employees donate food, toys and coats this holiday season

TTC employees have been spreading holiday cheer this fall by collecting food, toys, monetary donations and winter-wear to help those in need and community organizations.  
Over the course of October, November and early December, the TTC Recreation Council embodied the spirit of giving and held several events across divisions and in public-facing locations. Over 20,000 cans of soup, more than 2,000 toys and 1000 new and lightly used winter coats were collected from these events.

“Throughout the pandemic, residents from all over the city have come together to support one another and help our most vulnerable. Members of our TTC are no different – not only are they moving people across our city, getting them to the places they need to go, but have also come together to help community organizations in our city and the people they serve. I want to thank the TTC Recreation Council and all members who came together this holiday season to help those in need. This is a true example of that Toronto spirit we are so proud of,” said Mayor John Tory.

“I’m always blown away by the generosity of the TTC’s employees, as they constantly look for ways to give back to the communities we serve,” said TTC Chair Jaye Robinson. “I want to thank everyone who donated to the holiday drives this year, and commend the TTC employees who took the lead in organizing these events.”

“Stuff-the-Bus is an employee-led initiative that began at the TTC in 2007,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “Each year employee volunteers use a TTC bus to collect toys from members of the public, employees and their families, which are then donated to community partners. I’m proud of our Recreation Council and all of our employees for the community spirit and generosity they display during the holidays and year-round.”   

The food drive, affectionately known as Soup Mountain, had employees creating a 20,000-can pyramid of soup for donation to the Veterans Association Food Bank in time with Remembrance Day. This year, Stuff-the-Bus events, which took place at Walmart in Etobicoke, The Duke Live and Toys R’ Us, Sherway, helped the TTC Recreation Council make the holidays a little brighter for children and teens by collecting toys and gifts for local community organizations including SickKids, Abuse Hurts, LAMP and the Toronto Firefighters’ Toy Drive.

In addition, TTC employees, in association with the Toronto & Region Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) collected 1000 winter coats, along with monetary donations, which are being distributed to the community through Toronto Police Division 12, the Learning Enrichment Foundation, Shelley Cares Foundation, Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, Roehampton Residence and Delta Family Resource Centre.
The TTC Recreation Council has been collecting food for the Veterans Association Food Bank for two years. They have been collecting coats and warm winter gear since 2013 and toys and monetary donations since 2007. Since then, thousands of cans, toys and coats have been collected.
The TTC would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who helped make its holiday drives a success this year and every year.


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