Mississauga, Ontario had it’s first hamper party in 2011. Here’s their report.
Joyce and Peter:
Wanted to let you know that the Globe and Mail essay also spawned a hamper drive here in Mississauga organized by my wife Ingrid. Thank you for sharing your idea.
Ingrid sent an e-mail to a limited circle of friends just to test the waters and received a totally unanticipated response. We ended up with sufficient food for 14 hampers plus an additional 10 overflow bags. Each hamper contained about 70 lbs of food. The Salvation Army took care of the distribution. I will forward their thank you note separately. A couple of pictures below.
We will definitely be doing this again next year and based on the response and comments from people who were not a part of the current year effort, should be able to easily double the number of participants. The Salvation Army indicated they had a need for about 1,500 homes in Mississauga.
I hope the two of you feel justifiably proud of the giving that your initiative has sparked.
Ingrid is on the steps on the left and my daughter Hillary is on the floor on the right.
Best for 2012
Peter K. Lane
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