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December 16, 2010
Toronto EMS hands over messages of support to Canadian Forces personnel serving in Afghanistan just in time for Christmas
Toronto EMS hands over messages of support to Canadian Forces personnel serving in Afghanistan just in time for Christmas

It will be an early Christmas for Canadian Forces personnel serving in Kandahar this year. City of Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS), along with Canadians from coast to coast and students from the Weston Memorial Junior, Montgomery Village and St. Jane Frances schools, came together today to send messages of appreciation and gift cards in support of Canadian troops this holiday season.

Colonel Stephen Cadden, Chief of Staff, Land Forces Central Area accepted thousands of gift cards as part of the Share A Cup With A Brave Canuck! program at a special ceremony held at Toronto EMS headquarters.

“This is the third year of the Share a Cup With A Brave Canuck! program,” said Ric Rangel-Bron, Commander, Toronto EMS Operations Support, and the founder of the program. “We started the program so Canadians could send a personal “thank you” to the each of the sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen, serving in Kandahar with the Canadian Forces. We have been overwhelmed with the support from across the country from ordinary Canadians and the students delivering their cards and cookies today.”

“I accept these cards on behalf of all the Canadian Forces service women and men,” said Colonel Cadden. “It is overwhelming for us in the Canadian Forces to see the outpouring of support from students like these from the three schools and from the other Canadians who took the time to think of us. I can tell you that our forces in Afghanistan appreciate these notes from home very much.”

The objective of the program is to collect at least one card for every serving Canadian Forces member in Kandahar - about 3,500 personnel. In the past two years the program has collected over 23,000 Tim Horton gift cards. Today’s event was the completion of the 2010 Christmas challenge, but the program is a 12-month effort.

“Even if you missed the Christmas deadline today, you can still send Toronto EMS a Tim Horton’s gift card. We collect them all year to reach as many troop rotations as possible,” said Rangel-Bron.

More information about Share A Cup With A Brave Canuck! is available at

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