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Community Partners


Christ Church St James Food Pantry

Stonegate Ministry is a major supporter of the local food bank by supplying food, volunteers and partnering.  Twice annually Food Coupon Initiatives and gifts for children at Christmas time are often ways Stonegate Ministry partners with Christ Church St James Food Pantry. Stonegate Ministry is pleased to be a partner with this important community outreach.

Christ Church St James Food Pantry operates from the premises of Christ Church St. James Anglican Church, 194 Park Lawn Road, Toronto, ON M 8Y 3J7

email: christchurchstjames194@gmail.com  Tel:  416-251-8711.

The food bank serves an average of 250 to 300 adults and children three times per month.

Hours of Operation are the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon

And the last 2 Wednesday afternoons of each month from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Newcomers are asked to bring identification, family information proof of residency (may be a drivers licence, a bill perhaps with your name and address on it etc.)

Administrator:  Loretta Carnahan

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Stonegate Ministry also partners with other local businesses and organisations in a variety of initiatives that benefit families and individuals. One such initiative is

Making Christmas Happen

Each year one or more Stonegate families are "adopted" by local business or individual benefactors who will quite literally Make Christmas Happen when otherwise it could never, would never happen.

Here's an excerpt from one family who was sponsored by management and staff of a local Etobicoke dental office...

Note: This family of newcomers to Canada simply could not afford Christmas gifts for their children. Through Making Christmas Happen this deserving family discovered that through the generosity of some wonderful people, they not only had gifts, but clothing for the children, an amazing selection of holiday foods and a lovely tree as well.

"So," I asked, "how was your Christmas? Tears springing immediately to her eyes, this mother of three exclaimed, "There was nothing I could have wanted for!"

Their  young son, though shy was thrilled to engage in show and tell describing at length his gifts and what they could do. He beamed as he showed me his prize - a PSP. "And I got these pants!" he declared proudly pointing to the nice, grey pants he was wearing. Words all in a jumble and helping his baby sister punch the keys of a musical toy she carried, the boy chattered happily about the wonderful gifts he and his little sister had received. Two pretty, little dolls were fetched by Mom from the baby crib: "She won't even go to sleep without these anymore," I was informed with a smile.

Then Mom, who had been listening with obvious delight, rushed off a moment and returned with a lovely perfume set in hand - obviously treasured. "It would have been enough - more than enough," she said through the interpreter "to have something for the children, but" she shakes her head in wonder, "those kind, kind people thought of me too."

When asked what he would like to say to the people who were so generous, the boy replied, "I would say thank you. Thank you very much! This was the best Christmas I ever had!"

  



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