OUT OF THE COLD AT ST. ANDREW’S
“The people of St. Andrew’s are called by God to serve in faith, hope and love in the heart of Toronto”. As one way to live out that mission statement, over twenty-five years ago, St. Andrew’s Church began to open its doors for people on the streets of Toronto, offering a place for them to come in out of the cold and have a good meal. Sadly, there are more people than ever responding to our invitation but St. Andrew’s continues to be a place where they find a good meal and some friends who care.
We have been offering community breakfasts year round on Tuesday mornings. From November until April, we have been serving supper on Monday nights. In recent years we have often welcomed OVER THREE HUNDRED guests on some evenings. Our chef works with a large team of volunteers to prepare delicious meals. Our mandate from the beginning is to serve meals that we would be proud to serve our family and friends.
In addition to serving wonderful meals, guests are welcome in our Boutique where they can choose new and gently used clothing as well as toiletry items. All of these items are donated. We now work in partnership with Brands for Canada and the Bargains Group.
UPDATES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC – NEW!
We also continue to need men’s and women’s underwear.. These must be new. We are also willing to buy any of these items in bulk if you would like to make a cash donation.
These items are also welcome:
Men: long sleeve t-shirts, sweaters, jeans (Sizes 34 – 42), track pants and spring jackets with hoods
Women: sweaters and hoodies (large and extra large), sweatpants/leggings, running shoes in larger sizes
Toiletries: Tooth Paste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Bars of Soap, Small Packages of Kleenex
Volunteers are always needed to make these programs work and our volunteers come from both the congregation and the wider community and are much appreciated.
However, due to COVID-19 restrictions and the suspension of our OOTC Supper programme until Fall 2021, we will not be taking new applications at this time. Please check back here in September when we will have updates for our new and returning volunteers.