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Thanks to our local businesses!

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Thanks to our local businesses who are showing their tremendous generosity, including: Lexus on the Park, Amsterdam Brewery, Heaps Estrin Realty, Bonnie Byford Realty, Grilltime, Leaside Dentistry, Leaside Orthodontic Centre, Properties Unlimited Realty Ltd. Brokerage, Elaine LeBlanc Realtor, Humphrey Funeral Home and Salon Ten Ten! 
Many thanks to one of our most passionate Corporate Partners, Neal Brothers Foods who have donated 1,000 pounds of food! 
On September 29th and 30th, we had dozens of youth volunteering their time at two different Longo’s locations, where thousands of pounds (8,200 pounds to be exact) of food were collected, through their Neighbour in Need bags. Those food items will be dispersed to North York Harvest Food Bank and Daily Bread Food Bank.

11th Annual Food Drive has begun

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Now that Back to School is behind us, Fall is in the air, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Sarah and Claire’s Food Drive is back for its 11th year. This year, the School Challenge will take place from Friday, September 28th to Thursday, October 4th.

15 schools are on board again this year, and the Battle of East of Bayview VS West of Bayview continues!

If you are interested in making a donation or getting involved this year, you can reach us at:

Sarah & Claire’s 9th Annual Food Drive Kick-off BBQ

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Sarah and Claire are back for their 9th Annual Food Drive.

In the past 8 years, Sarah and her sister Claire have raised over 215,000 pounds of food for Daily Bread Food Bank, making it the largest community based food drive that supports Daily Bread.

The goal for this year is to raise 50,000 poundsof food/funds in support of Daily Bread.

This year we are launching the campaign with a kick off event. We are thrilled to be partnering with Grilltime, Amsterdam Breweries, Cobs Breads, and Broil King.

Drop by Grilltime on Saturday September 24th, between 11:00am-3:00pm for a complimentary sausage on a bun, meet BBQ Naz from Broil King and sample some of Amsterdam’s finest beers.  Donations are welcome and all proceeds will go towards Sarah and Claire’s Food Drive, in support of Daily Bread.

Sarah and Claire’s 9th Annual Food Drive Kick Off Event
Where: Grilltime Gourmet Meat Shop (62 Laird Drive)
When: Saturday September 24th
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm (Amsterdam sampling starts at noon)

Hope to see you there!

An early jump on Sarah’s Food Drive

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In what is rapidly turning into a year-round fundraising drive, Sarah’s Food Drive is off to an early start this year. Thanks to everyone who came to Claire’s birthday party, and donated items of food. We raised 74 pounds of food and $60 towards Sarah’s Food Drive’s 2015 goal. Look for more fundraising updates and initiatives coming Spring 2015!

Local Business Challenge Results Are In!

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Thanks to the combined efforts of our fantastic local business partners this year, we are happy to announce that almost 250 Thanksgiving holiday hampers were purchased for clients of the Daily Bread Food Bank.

When you add that to the online donations from local businesses (raised through promotional events, employee challenges or direct donations), participating businesses raised approximately 10,000 pounds of food for Daily Bread Food Bank.

The Local Business Challenge Results

Team East – $2,850

Team West – $6,750

Congratulations to Team West!

Thanks to all of you for your enthusiasm and support and we look forward to having you on board again as participants in the Local Business Challenge next year.

Mark, Lynda, Sarah and Claire

Leaside Business Challenge

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This year, Sarah’s Food Drive has added something new, building on the success of the 3 year-old School Challenge. Local Leaside businesses have been challenged to participate this year in the Leaside Business Challenge.

Businesses have been divided into 2 teams: Team East and Team West.

On Team East, we have:

  • Against The Grain Urban Tavern
  • Carol Wrigley (Royal Lepage, Signature Realty)
  • Direct Repair
  • Grilltime
  • Humphrey-Miles Funeral Home
  • Leaside Dentistry
  • Parkway Honda
  • Pawsitively Pets
  • Sheree Cerqua (Royal Lepage, Signature Realty)
  • The Cailey Heaps Estrin realty team
  • The Leaside Pub
  • Wiseys Pies

On Team West, we have:

  • Bonnie Byford Realty
  • Bosley Real Estate
  • Charlene Kalia
  • Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited
  • Karen Brinkhof (Re/Max Realtor)
  • McDowell’s valu-mart
  • McSorleys Wonderful Saloon
  • Midtown Orthodontics
  • Patrick Rocca
  • Re/Max Hallmark Realty
  • Sport Clips
  • The Smokin’ Cigar

Thanks to all of our generous local partners this year.

Good luck to both teams!

Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Sarah is 2014 Me to We award winner for Youth in Action, 12 and under

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Sarah's Food Drive Canadian Living Photo Shoot - shot 2 (magazine article shot)

We are thrilled to announce that Sarah has been recognized for her work on Sarah’s Food Drive with the 2014 Me to We Award in the Youth in Action, 12 and under category. She accepted her award today at We Day Toronto, alongside the 5 other 2014 Me to We award winners.

While Sarah accepted this award personally, this recognition is the result of the tireless work of so many in our community, and the tremendous support of friends and family over the past 6 years.

Sarah shares this award with them.

Here’s to another successful year!

Sarah’s 2014 Food Drive runs until Thanksgiving weekend (October 12th).

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Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Sarah’s Food Drive at Leaside Rotary Corn Roast

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The rain stopped and the clouds parted just in time for a spectacular afternoon at Trace Manes Park this past Sunday, September 21st. Thanks to the Leaside Rotary Club, Sarah’s Food Drive had a table at this year’s 21st annual corn roast. It was a great way for Sarah and Claire to spread awareness of this year’s drive which starts this coming Saturday, September 27th and runs until October 12th.
We collected food donations, cash donations as well as selling Thanksgiving holiday hampers, which will continue to be for sale at McDowell’s valu-mart for $25 until October 10th.
Premier Kathleen Wynne also paid a visit to Sarah’s Food Drive and made a personal donation to this year’s campaign!
The food drive officially kicks off this Saturday.
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Mark (Sarah’s dad)

Sarah & Claire Recognized as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

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AFP Toronto logo

We are thrilled to announce that the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter has recognized Sarah and Claire as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

The AFP Philanthropy Awards recognize leadership in philanthropy. Sarah and Claire were nominated by the Daily Bread Food Bank. An honour to have been nominated. Truly an honour to have been selected.

The 2014 AFP Philanthropy Award recipients, including Sarah and Claire, will be honoured at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 26th.

You can read more here:

Mark (Sarah’s dad)