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Merry Christmas: The Gift Of Food (For Life)

As most of us know (and some of us seem to forget), Christmas is above all, a time for giving. A time to help, assist and surprise others with generosities and care. It goes without saying that providing loved ones with boxes and bags filled with desirable wants and needs is always a great feeling. Over the years, the gift giving process has remained a very special time for me. I enjoy honing in on gift ideas that people truly appreciate. Often times, the act of surprising a loved one with something special is more enjoyable than actually receiving gifts myself. This year, I have the chance to take this a step further. To branch out from family and friends and give to those within my community.

A few years back, my father (fresh into retirement) joined a local charity by the name of Food For Life. This not-for-profit, volunteer based program was founded in 1995 with the intention of providing needy families in the district of Halton with surplus food collected from local bakeries, grocery stores and restaurants. Today, Food For Life delivers approximately 350,000 pounds (or $825,000 worth) of food per year to over 40 social service agencies and 20 community outreach programs in Halton. Upon hearing about their progress and dedication from my father, I knew that at some point I would want to lend a hand.

Over this winter, I have been given the gift of time. Thus, on behalf of Dreamland Apparel, I have offered to help out along their delivery route for a couple of days a week, during the Christmas season. Last week I experienced my first day on the truck. Coming from a privelged Oakville family, needless to say it was very eye opening. I was completely shocked to see the certain and immediate need for food in my own community. Having food readily available to me at all times is undoubtedly one of the top things in my life I take for granted. During my experiences with this inspirational company, I have gained a great deal of much-needed perspective to a very serious problem. Over the course of the next few weeks, I look forward to further assisting these wonderful people.

It isn’t easy to comprehend the struggle of others, especially while our own lives seem difficult. Although, like our mothers say ‘there is always someone worse off’. This Christmas, give the gift of food by donating to this fantastic charity.


Below is an EPK showcasing their useful process. (Directed and Produced by my brother, Mark Elliott)


  • Anonymous

    Proud of you slime, keep giving that time and those smiles. Much love. 

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