Our guest speakers were Cindy Smith and Heather Fraser representing the Caring and Sharing Exchange, a registered
charity in Ottawa (https://www.caringandsharing.ca/).
Caring and Sharing which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year works year round with 200 other community organizations to co-ordinate the giving in Ottawa. It encompasses several programs for needy individuals not helped by other organizations:
  1. Sharing in Student Success provided school supplies and back packs to 2,065 children in Kindergarten to Grade 8 in 2016.
  2. Kindness week, on the Friday before family day, recognizes everyday acts of kindness. 
  3. Christmas Exchange Program provides either a gift voucher redeemable at any Giant Tiger location or a food hamper that feeds a family of 3 to 5 members. In 2015, the program assisted 16,012 individuals or 5,472 households.
Ways to help:
  • Drivers are needed for delivery of hampers on Dec 21.
  • Purchase, pack & deliver a hamper to a family ($50-$100)
  • Make donation
  • Volunteer your time