Oct. 11, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving Burlington
We have so much to be thankful for. Burlington is a compassionate, connected community and a great place to live, work, and raise a family and retire.
As we take time to give thanks, we are also reminded that there are many in our community in need. The 2013 Vital Signs report from the Burlington Community Foundation, released last week, reminds us that there are many people struggling in ways that are often unseen. As a community, we are challenged with affordable housing, an aging population, and mental health issues. This is evidenced by the work of our social agencies, faith communities and service clubs that reach out to those in need including the 17,000 people in Burlington who live below the poverty line.
Local area food banks have reported critical shortages of food and supplies and increased need. St. Christopher’s Church recently opened a satellite food bank at 662 Guelph Line to help serve an increased need.
While we have much to be thankful for, we do have much to work on to ensure that Burlington is a great place to live for everyone.
This holiday season there are many ways to contribute and help share in the season of giving.
The 25th Annual City Wide Thanksgiving Food Drive is on until Oct. 17, supporting the Salvation Army Family Services and Partnership West Food Bank. The Burlington Fire Department is collecting donations for the Thanksgiving Food drive at fire stations across the City. Donations can also be dropped off at local area grocery stores.
Thanks to the Burlington Post for distributing donation bags to residences across Burlington.
I am always proud to share the story of the Burlington Eagles Hockey Club, and their tremendous efforts to support local area food banks.
Along with their partners, the Burlington Cougars Junior A Hockey Club, the Burlington Barracudas Girls’ Hockey Club, and Notre Dame High School, the Eagles have initiated an outstanding community food drive that in just seven years, has collected and donated an astounding 481,410.47 lbs of non-perishable goods during their food drives in mid-November.