A TSKG Response to COVID-19 – FOOD/CASH Donation Drive

TSKG COVID-19 Donation Drive

Hello TSKG-ians!

We hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe!  In these unprecedented times, quarantine or lockdown may have a different meaning to each one of us.

For some, the quarantine times are optimal. A moment of reflection, re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee, reading their favorite novel, watching movies, catching up on the long list of pending items, excellent time spent with their families, cooking and tasting your favorite dishes.

For others, this is a situation of desperate financial & family crisis, endless loneliness, starvation, itching to get back to work after losing jobs, spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday. In worst scenarios, some may have experienced the near-death due to the virus; some have already lost their loved ones from it.

Whilst for our Frontline workers, this has been very challenging times. Being isolated from their families, they spend long hours in the hospital with COVID patients. Many frontline workers are reporting an increase in depressive symptoms, anxiety, insomnia, distress, and trauma-related disorders through direct contact with patients, as well as through vicarious trauma of other frontline workers’ experiences with COVID-19. It is important that these Frontline workers should know that they are valued and appreciated for all that they are doing and sacrificing for the better of our community and are keeping safe as well for future generations.

We as TSKGians are fortunate to have retained our jobs and are staying safe from this pandemic situation. We would like to call upon our like-minded TSKGians in giving back to our community and help this cause with Donations !!!

Food Donation Drive

Please join hands in contributing to this cause. You can donate any NEW or UNEXPIRED non-perishable food items to feed our hungry neighbors affected by the Pandemic.

To start with, please fill out the ‘TSKG’s response to COVID-19 Donation Drive’ form. Start collecting your non-perishable items for donation. Details of food donations are provided below,

Acceptable Items : Canned Meats, Canned Tuna and Salmon, Peanut Butter, Jelly (no glass), Canned or Dry Soups, Canned Stews and Chili, Tea Bags, Coffee (ground no beans), Canned Pasta, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Canned Pasta (Spaghetti “O’s”), Hot and Cold Cereals, Dry Rice, Dry Beans/Pulses, Cake Mixes, Pancake Mix, Syrup, Powdered Milk, Packaged Pasta (Macaroni & Cheese, etc.), Juice Boxes, Canned Juices, Canned Beans, Canned Gravy, Granulated Sugar, Baby Food & Cereal (glass jars accepted), Baby Formula (Enfamil/Similac), Granola Bars and Cereal Bars.

Note : To avoid waste or the Food Bank rejecting your donation, please refrain from donating items that are Opened and Expiry within 3-4 months.

You could place the donation items in a carton and place them outside your house/have them ready for pickup. Our Food Donation Committee members will contact you over phone and schedule the pickup of your donation from the specified address.

We encourage our TSKG members to share this initiative with your Non-TSKG members as well. You could either collect the donation items from them or submit the drive form with their address/contact info for our committee members to collect the food donations from them.

If you would like to be volunteering for this Food Donation drive, be sure to check the option in the form. You could either act as a collection center for food donation or will be contacted on a need basis by the committee members.

If you have any further questions regarding this drive, please reach out to Vijay (416-627-1620).

Cash Donation Drive

Please join hands in contributing to this cause. Any small amounts ($5 or higher) you could contribute will help a great deal to help our hospitals and frontline workers.

Please fill out the ‘TSKG’s response to COVID-19 Donation Drive’ form first and then continue to donate generously to the TSKG donation account. Details of donations are provided below,

Payment Details: Interac your donations to TSKG bank account. Interac email: donations@tskg.ca

Once you have donated, please send a text message to 647-217-3147 with details of your cash donation (Your Name, location in GTA, Amount transferred). If you wish to remain Anonymous it is totally understandable. We are unable to provide any tax receipts for your cash donations at this time due to limitations.

All the Cash donations received will be consolidated and the contributions will be donated to our immediate community hospitals in GTA. The donation cheque(s) will be posted on the TSKG website.

If you have any questions regarding this drive, please reach out to Srinivasan K (647-217-3147).

Please share this donation drive with your friends, family and Non TSKG members to benefit our Community. We will be happy to receive any feedback regarding this donation drive at info@tskg.ca.

Together we can and we will overcome this Pandemic. Counting on each one of you TSKGians to help with this initiative to give back to our community !!!