MPP Natalia Kusendova Celebrates Giving TuesdayPublished on December 17, 2020
MISSISSAUGA CENTRE - This December MPP Natalia Kusendova, who represents the riding of Mississauga Centre, had the privilege of celebrating Giving Tuesday with several charitable initiatives in her community Alongside her team and some community volunteers, MPP Kusendova channelled the spirit of Giving Tuesday and was able to make a difference in the community, something that is especially important for all Ontarians given the COVID 19 pandemic and the hardships it has brought on us all.
Giving Tuesday is a global movement taking place after Black Friday that emphasises the values of charity and volunteerism. In recognition and celebration of this day, individuals, companies and charitable groups connect, collectivise and, together, rally around important causes. By harnessing the power of both social media and the inclination of volunteerism in people around the world, Giving Tuesday provides a platform to encourage the grassroots contribution of time, resources and talent to tackling pressing issues in communities worldwide
The day began with a sizeable donation given from MPP Kusendova to the Mississauga Food Bank, an organisation renowned for the important work that they do to help food-insecure persons in Mississauga. This cause is marked particularly close to MPP Kusendov a’s heart given its increasing usage by Mississauga residents during the COVID19 pandemic. Recent figures show that the number of first time food bank users increased by 26.5% during the first four months of the pandemic.
Following this donation to the food bank, MPP Kusendova welcomed both Father Marcin and Father Janusz from St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish to give them much-needed masks and other personal protective equipment. Religious institutions in our province are heavily reliant on donations from their congregants, and this is especially true in light of the current pandemic and the resulting increased costs of hosting important services to their faith communities Accompanied by the Hope Sisters, a local initiative led by Kenisha and Alisha Arora dedicated to lifting vulnerable members of the community, MPP Kusendova then visited and made a donation to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel Halton, a group that provides resources and supports to reduce the marginalisation of vulnerable women and girls.
The spirit and celebration of Giving Tuesday this year was capped off first with a visit to Canadian Blood Services alongside MPP Christine Hogarth, who represents the riding of Etobicoke Lakeshore, to donate blood. It should be noted here that there is currently a high need for blood right now, particularly in Peel Region and the City of Toronto. Donating blood is a completely safe process, even during the pandemic that we find ourselves in. Following this donation, festivities were finished with MPP Kusendova dropping off items such as mittens, hats, socks and personal hygiene products to be handed out in the streets of Toronto to help homeless persons keep warm during the winter season.
If you are able to donate items, be they household products, hygiene products, toys or non-perishable food to MPP Kusendova’s Hope Drive, please do not hesitate to reach out to her office at (905) 890 1901, or by email at [email protected]
I was pleased to join my colleague MPP Kusendova yesterday to donate blood. It was safe and easy to do and so vital to those in need. I encourage everyone to go online and book an appointment before the end of the year. Your donation can save a life.” Said MPP Hogarth.
“Giving Tuesday is a day that means a lot to me personally, and being able to visit and lend a hand to all of my favourite local causes as an MPP is a real privilege,” said MPP Kusendova. “Times are no doubt difficult now, and there is no better way to help your neighbour than by giving whatever you can to a cause that means something to you. When everyone does what they can to look out for the less fortunate and vulnerable in their communities, we make them holistically better places to live.”