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Media Advisory/Photo Op
NEEDY KIDS COLD
– Charger Foundation suits up needy children –
Feb. 7, 2007 — The Charger Foundation is keeping impoverished kids warm from the
frigid cold with donations of brand new snowsuits and other winter clothing items.
Leading the charge to provide for the needy, the Charger Foundation has donated
$16,000 to the annual Toronto Schools Snowsuit Challenge to help purchase 1,000
snowsuits for kids who would otherwise go without winter basics. With sub-zero
temperatures holding steady, the winter wear is needed like never before.
Tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, February 8 at 3:30PM, at the new location for Windfall
Clothing Warehouse, 29 Connell Court., Unit 3 in Etobicoke ( off Horner Avenue just
east Of Kipling and Evans Ave. Louis Sapi, founder of the Charger Foundation, will
present Windfall Clothing Service with a cheque to buy snowsuits and winter clothing
accessories for distribution to shelters and group homes. The snowsuits plus mitts, hats
and scarves will be on display, and agencies will be on hand to pick up the donations for
their needy clients.
“The need is so great it’s tragic,” says Louis Sapi, founder of the Charger Foundation.
“It’s a blessing being able to help. My own children have never had to go without and it’s
heartbreaking to think children are out there freezing in the cold.
“By working together we can bring warmth to their often cold and difficult existence,”
adds Sapi, of Hinchcliffe Sapi Chartered Accountants. This is the third year Sapi and the
Charger Foundation have donated to the Snowsuit Challenge; to date $35,000 has been
contributed for snowsuits and other winter clothing for kids that The Bargains Group
provides for near cost.
“Thank goodness for a giver like Louis Sapi,” says Helen Harakas, executive director of
Windfall Clothing. She says the number of children in Metro emergency shelters has
increased by a staggering 70% in the past five years.
“Many children are living in desperate poverty without any winter clothing – some have
had to escape to a shelter in the middle of the night; other children are newcomers to
Toronto and arrive without proper clothing for our winter conditions,” says Harakas, who
helped initiate The Schools Snowsuit Challenge, which challenges primary schools to
raise money to purchase winter clothing.
The Charger Foundation is dedicated to fostering fundraising initiatives, including an
annual golf tournament, for the less fortunate, especially children, in our society.
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Media Contact: Lorne Simon, Michael Communications Media Group
416-785-5037; 416-560-6441