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    Happy holidays!

    This year has provided us with an abundance of time to reflect on our outreach and impact. It has made us more cognizant of our purpose and our goals moving forwards. This non-profit was born out of a dream that I had at age seven to serve children in need. With students learning remotely and a demand for volunteers steadily increasing, I know that now more than ever, we must provide young people with meaningful service based activities. While we will continue to support our community through our repurposing and distribution efforts, we will be shifting gears slightly in the new year and cannot wait to share our new projects…

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    Building Back Better #IDPD2020

    December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This years theme is #BuildingBackBetter: towards creating a disability inclusive & accessible post COVID-world. Today is a reminder to pass the mic to and advocate for those living with visible & invisible disabilities.

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    Help us bring smiles to 500 kids this holiday season!

    This year has been challenging for many of us in many different ways. As a direct result of the pandemic, the families that we work with are struggling more than ever to afford life’s basic necessities. In an effort to alleviate some of this burden, we are sending 500 bear hugs in the form of teddies, warm clothing and good food to to children in need across Canada. We need your help! Our Etsy just went live! We hope that you will consider visiting our site and supporting our work — 100% of proceeds from each purchase this month will help us bring teddies to children in need of some…

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    Making buttons with People Power Press

    We’re out to promote a philosophy of service as a way of learning about ourselves and the world.  I found my voice through volunteering at a really young age. Ever since elementary school, you could find me spending time at local homeless shelters and food banks before school and after class doing what I could with what I had to serve the less fortunate. I learned so much about the pressing, but hidden needs in our society as a result. Encouraging young people to engage in meaningful forms of community service is really important to us. Not only are they able to expand their understanding of social justice and activism…

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    Up-cycling clothing with Taking it Global

    Through meeting with high schoolers at a local homeless shelter, I learned that many had felt extremely embarrassed having to dig through garbage bags for clothing items that were in not so great shape or not the appropriate size and style. Access to adequate clothing is a human right, yet so many are still deprived of it. Through this project, I have received an overwhelmingly positive response about how our bear hug boxes are changing the way that individuals give and receive clothing items. Community members are taking the time to sort, repair and wash their clothing items prior to donating. This seems like a small step forward, but for…

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    My unstoppable moment

      By @dynamic.daughters (San Francisco, California) Check out this incredible gal whose charity efforts are making a HUGE difference! She started her own quilting project for adults with cognitive disabilities and is the founder of Aiza’s Teddybear Foundation and inspires all to make positive changes! Read what she has to say about her UNSTOPPABLE MOMENT: “Making service more inclusive and accessible is something that I am really passionate about. Our quilting project was implemented in a day program for adults with cognitive disabilities last winter. As a charity that strives to repurpose all donated items that come through our doors, we try our best to make every item like new…

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    Craft workshops for kids

    ⁣We have organized and led 30+ craft workshops with children at local elementary schools, homeless shelters, children’s hospitals and community centres. Creativity is a key to self expression, problem solving and development during these formative years of any child’s life. When I first founded @aizastbf, we would visit an emergency shelter each summer and bring all the art supplies that our community had so generously donated. Children would paint butterflies and write words of affirmation and we would collectively pin them from the ceiling of the rooms in the shelter.⁣It was so special to see these kids, who were forced into such an unprecedented situation, just act like kids again…

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    Day of the Girl Webinar

    By Like Minded Females Toronto @lmftoronto Please join us in a powerful & engaging discussion on top challenges & skills young girls need to assert themselves as change-makers around the world. Asma Khan (Chef, Restaurateur, Author, No.1 “100 Coolest People In Food & Drink” by Business Insider & Featured On Netflix’s Chef’s Table) Aiza Abid (Children’s Rights Activist, Founder, Aiza’s Teddybear Foundation & Catalyst Canada Honoree) Makele Saidi (Law & Social Impact Leader, Director of Corporate Engagement, Central Canada, Catalyst) Mina Khan (Machine Learning and Lifestyle Design Researcher, Ph.D Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab) The event will be moderated by Beenish Saeed, Founder of Like Minded Females…