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December 3, 2006
Tie Domi’s Santa on Wheels helps give kids a Christmas
At a special event at Air Canada Centre today, Tie Domi revealed his soft side with his significant involvement in his Santa on Wheels charity program. The charity offers a bit of magic to children who find themselves homeless and staying in shelters across Toronto. This year, Tie Domi is leading the way by donating over 4,000 toys to children living in Toronto shelters.

Homelessness affects many families in Toronto. Every year, thousands of children must cope with the stresses and the upset of leaving their homes, friends, schools, and their way of life. They are also at risk of losing the innocence that the joy of Christmas can bring.

Tie Domi, through the Santa on Wheels program, is working to help children keep this innocence. Santa on Wheels offers program partners a chance to share in the belief that every child deserves a Christmas, and that no child will be forgotten during the holiday season. By the end of 2006, more than 3,600 children will have stayed in Toronto shelters, with hundreds of them having to remain in the shelters over the holiday season.

The City of Toronto runs a network of shelters and provides for the needs of families. Santa on Wheels is important because it is a chance to share something magical with the kids. It is an opportunity to remind children and their parents that the community cares - no matter what their circumstances.

Special thanks to TDE International, AMJ Campbell, Samko Sales, Pinnacle Catering, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and City of Toronto Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, who have all come together to make Santa on Wheels an ongoing success.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Allen Fleishman, Senior Assistant to Tie Domi, 416-222-2028
Rosemary Bennett, Manager, Communication, City of Toronto, 416-392-8386, 416-328-4402 (pager)



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