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December 17, 2008
Toronto EMS sending messages and gifts to Canadian Forces colleagues
Toronto EMS sending messages and gifts to Canadian Forces colleagues

Staff members of the City of Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services are writing notes and collecting gifts during their time off to send to colleagues serving in Afghanistan. As fellow emergency personnel, paramedics and other EMS staff understand the sacrifice Canadian Forces members make by putting themselves in danger in order to help others. That's why Toronto EMS initiated an internal campaign called "Share a Cup with a Brave Canuck," collecting about 500 gift cards redeemable by soldiers at the Tim Horton's at Kandahar Airfield. Each gift card is accompanied by a message to an unnamed soldier.

Meanwhile, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and support staff have been preparing packages of magazines, snacks and DVDs to send to soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Any Canadian can send a 20-kg box to any Canadian soldier by Canada Post free of charge until the end of the year. If you do not have the name of a specific soldier, you can send a package, card or letter to the following address for any Canadian soldier serving in Afghanistan:

Any Canadian Forces Member
Op Athena
PO Box 5058 Stn Forces
Belleville ON K8N 5W6

Toronto EMS recognizes the sacrifice that the men and women of the Canadian Forces make by serving in Afghanistan and around the world, and encourages residents to take some time to express their thanks to a solider. Canadian Forces staff have told Toronto EMS that soldiers serving overseas appreciate support and comfort from fellow citizens, especially during the holiday season.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 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 numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Ric Rangel-Bron, Toronto EMS, 416-392-2125, 416-806-5119 (cell),



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