BY KELLY ROCHE
Philanthrophy is back as Giving Tuesday returns to Mississauga for the second straight year.
Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the occasion celebrates all forms of giving, such as making a financial donation, donating gently used items, giving blood, volunteering, etc.
More than $33.5 million was raised on Giving Tuesday in 2015, according to Mississauga Gives, with various fundraisers taking place. For instance, Carassauga hosted an event collecting food and money for Eden Food For Change, while Studio 89 gathered food donations for the Mississauga Food Bank.
Here’s a sample of what’s happening this year:
Clarkson, Cooksville, Streetsville:
Scones are being sold from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the GO Stations for $2 by COBS Bread Bakery in support of the United Way of Peel Region.
- The WORKS Port Credit (104 Lakeshore Rd. E.) is donating a portion of sales to Armagh House from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- The Peterson Team (103 Lakeshore Rd. E.) is collecting food for The Compass as part of their sixth annual Flowers for Food drive. Drop off non-perishable food items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to receive a poinsettia in exchange for your donation.
The Sheridan Student Union will be hosting a $10 pasta lunch event in support of the United Way of Peel Region at the Sheridan College Hazel McCallion Campus (4180 Duke of York Blvd.) from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Then there’s promoting literacy.
The Friends of the Mississauga Library System (FOL) is reminding residents about the importance of supporting libraries.
“For over 25 years the Friends have been funding school trips to the library, author visits, and library renovations,” said FOL president Michael Jones.
“For the thousands of children we help, it is important for residents to help the Friends, support our libraries, and donate today.”
Donations of books, new or collectible magazines, CDs, and DVDs can be dropped off at any of the 18 library branches, including the Central Library. That’s where the Civic Centre clock tower is turning blue at 7 p.m. Tuesday in honour of the event.
Click here for a detailed listing of events.