Mike Bullard and Santa help Pioneers share holiday at hostels|
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Comedian Mike Bullard, a strong supporter of the Santa on Wheels campaign,
helped Santa and a team of volunteers deliver toys to over 1,000 homeless
children and their families staying in Toronto Hostels. "Homeless people are
part of our city," said Bullard, "and we all have to pitch in and do what we
can to help, especially when it involves kids and the holidays."
The Santa on Wheels program was initiated three years ago by the Bell and
Nortel Telephone Pioneers to provide homeless children and their families with
Christmas presents. This year, Progistix, Expertech and Entourage employees
joined the Santa on Wheels team, and the program expanded to include more
children and families, and more locations than ever before.
Toronto Councillor Olivia Chow, who is also Toronto's Children's Advocate,
commended the Santa on Wheels team for the difference it was making in the
lives of over a thousand children. "This is a magical time of year for
children," said Chow. "Or at least it should be. While programs like Santa on
Wheels are not solutions to homelessness, they do offer the community a way to
say that it cares, and that it has not forgotten the children and their
families who may not have a home this Christmas. Programs like Santa on Wheels
bring back a little of
the magic that we all need."
Last year the Santa on Wheels program received the prestigious International
Pioneering Award for Humanitarian Service, and the Bell and Nortel Pioneers are
already planning the campaign for Christmas 1999.
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