An Arabic proverb has a thought-provoking connotation:
“If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart.”
As a leading logistics and supply chain solutions provider in the GTA specializing in Final Mile Home Delivery, we have always cherished opportunities that enable us to give back to the community. It stems from our corporate commitment towards donating to meaningful causes. Since our inception in 2005, we have embraced initiatives that uplift the community and demonstrate our commitment to helping make a positive change.
For the second consecutive year, the holiday season presented us with an opportunity to play a small role in supporting underprivileged families in the GTA.
As part of the Share The Joy program, various departments at the central board office of the Peel District School Board (PDSB), other offices of the PDSB, and some businesses in the community, volunteer to “adopt” at risk families - either single parent homes, new immigrants, those involved in subsidized day care programs, or families that have experienced a catastrophic event that has impacted their financial situation.
Armed with a ‘needs and wishes’ list from each recipient family, including: clothing items, toys, school supplies, non-perishable food items, household items, and gift certificates – we visited the office of Debbie Ben, PDSB Social and Court Worker.
The family we were paired with was a single mother with two boys, aged 15 and 3 who recently immigrated to Canada from a war-torn area suffering political and social devastation. Due to medical and health reasons, the mother has been rendered unable to work, but has been making every effort to give her boys a good life.
The family was clearly overjoyed upon receipt of our care package – comprised of donations from staff in our Markham, Mississauga, Cambridge, and Etobicoke locations. Here’s an excerpt from the communication received on behalf of the family from Ms. Ben:
“I wanted to thank all of you for your generosity. The mother was over the moon thrilled with what you gave her. And was very emotional. Thank you for all you have done to make this family’s holiday so special. Please know what you do means a lot. Thank you!”
About Share The Joy Program
For the last 18 years, PDSB has supported a program initiated by the School Social Work Services called ‘Share The Joy’. In their role with the Board of Education, school social workers often work with financially disadvantaged families, helping connect them with appropriate resources in the community. Many of these families have had tragedies in their lives and the parents are worried about how they would be able to provide for their children over the holidays. Each year, the board helps approximately 90 – 100 families and they have seen this number increase year over year.
About GO Logistics
In the process of being a final mile delivery partner to some of the largest retailers in Canada, GO Logistics has always given its philanthropic activities primary importance. From adopting a cancer ward and treating a patient admitted to the ward at Humber River Regional Hospital, to helping infant children in need of incubators, through theGuyana Help The Kids Organization, we believe in shared social responsibility for meaningful causes.
Through our association with theEpsilon Sigma Alpha (Hamilton), we keep the flag of hope, kindness, sharing and joy, flying high by supporting causes that make a positive impact on the society. Other societies where we are an active participant include: