City of Toronto responds to state of emergency in the Caribbean|
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City of Toronto residents have been quick to join efforts by Mayor David Miller
and Councillors Bas Balkisoon and Michael Thompson to assist Caribbean nations
in recovering from the devastating affects of Hurricane Ivan.
"Torontonians have been incredibly generous in responding to the plight of
residents in the Caribbean in the wake of one of the worst disasters to hit the
islands," said Mayor Miller. "We knew that our residents would be swift to
respond to this crisis but they have surpassed all of our expectations in
donating funds, time and precious resources."
Councillor Michael Thompson is advising residents that while clothing items are
no longer required other supplies are desperately needed. "We must continue our
efforts to help restore important, essential services to the people of the
Caribbean including basic necessities such as food, shelter and water."
Toronto residents are asked to make cash donations to the Canadian Red Cross.
In addition, the following items can be dropped off at the City's Civic Centres:
· Non-perishable food items
· Bottled water, water containers
· Baby supplies: diapers, formula, etc.
· Medical supplies (over the counter) such as aspirin and tylenol
· Lanterns, flashlights, batteries
· Sheets, pillows, pillowcases, beds/cots
· Tarpaulin, plastic sheeting, tents.
Councillor Bas Balkisoon reiterated the need for ongoing assistance. "The
people of Toronto continue to demonstrate great compassion and caring in
responding to this tragedy. I know that we will continue to provide support in
the difficult days ahead."
Donations can be made at Home Depot outlets in Toronto and at these locations:
· Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
· Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
· North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
· York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W.
· East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
· Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
· Metro Hall, 55 John St.
For more information visit: http://www.toronto.ca/tocares/index.htm