Toronto Star Christmas Boxes: A tradition at Little Trinity for 111 Years
It’s that time of year again when Little Trinity members to deliver Christmas boxes to needy children in and around our parish neighbourhood. The Christmas boxes are supplied by the Toronto Star Christmas Fund, which at its beginning, had very close ties with Little Trinity Church. The Fund was established 111 years ago—in 1906—by Toronto Star publisher and Little Trinity member, Joseph E. Atkinson.
In the first year about 300 children received gifts both in the Little T neighbourhood and other parts of the city. This year roughly 4,500 will be delivered. The packages have changed over the years and now typically contain a warm shirt, socks, mittens, hat, book, toy, candy and dental hygiene kit (all obtained directly from manufacturers to save on cost). Items are chosen for quality, style, safety and value, and reflect the child’s age rather than gender.
This year Little T will be responsible for 314 Christmas Boxes, with delivery ending December 14th. This is a great way for Little Trinity to reach out to the needy in our community and you’ll find that the smiles and thanks that greet you at each door will be a real blessing to you as well, as we enter this wonderful season of Christmas.
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