In mid November of 2015, Laura-Jean Bernhardson posted a Facebook request for clothing donations to assist with a family she was helping sponsor. That post was shared over 2000 times, generated hundreds of donations. Within 3 weeks, over 5,000 volunteers made it possible to offer a unique storefront “free shopping” experience, enabling families to shop for their own clothes, try on to ensure a good fit, and begin the integration process in our communities.
Volunteers across all communities eagerly offered their voice, time, business skills, labour, transportation and clothing to emphasize that ‘Toronto to Good’ is rich with kindness and compassion. Syrian Refugees will arrive during Canada’s coldest season with little or no apparel to protect them from winter conditions.