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One hand can change their life and it was yours

Brittany Bateman
Posted 5 years ago

On Friday, February 5, Tokens4Change Day, many hands came together to change the lives of homeless youth.  Over 500 volunteers, 17 schools, 12 companies and six arts locations with inspiring performers and artists canvassed in 27 locations lending their hands and voices to the cause.

Together with our Tokens4Change presenting sponsor, Tangerine, we are thrilled to share that Tokens4Change has raised an incredible $100,000!  This morning as we confirmed the final numbers, Tangerine asked us:“How far are you from your 2016 Tokens4Change goal of $100,000?” Answer: $7,756. And then Tangerine made it happen with an additional donation of $7,756. Together all of these funds will support youth transit costs and essential empowering programs at Youth Without Shelter.  

Thank you to each and every volunteer who lent a hand with Tokens4Change. Thank you to Tangerine, the Tokens4Change presenting sponsor, for your investment in the remarkable potential of homeless youth and for welcoming T4C into your Downtown Toronto Cafe.  Thank you to the T4C sponsors:  Mantella Corporation(Metro Pass Arts & Activism Sponsor), media sponsors Faren Agency, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, and the official cookie sponsor, Bake Sale.  Thank you to the Toronto Transit Commission, each canvassing location host, the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area all who play a key role in making T4C happen.  Thank you to Patricia Jaggernauth, Weather Specialist/Remote Reporter for CP24, for hosting the T4C arts showcase.  And thank you to all of the performers and artists who shared passionately about the issue of youth homelessness through their art forms.  Thank you to the many hands that came together to create change.

It is the intangibles of the day that cannot be measured, those very special moments that raise awareness about youth homelessness in our city today:

  • The former resident of Youth Without Shelter who walked into the Tangerine Downtown Cafe and made a donation from his workplace.  He had seen the T4C posters in the TTC, gone back to his colleagues and raised funds!
  • Words such as these from the Havergal College spoken word piece:  “Where do you run when home is where you are running from.”
  • Feedback notes left in a T4C station bin from student canvassers:  “I have just experienced what it feels like to be homeless and rejected.  But I cannot imagine what it’s like to be desperate every single moment…” “Guy gives change, comes back and gives us all high fives.”
  • A transit rider who made a donation to a canvasser, then identified himself as a former resident of Youth Without Shelter.
  • The youth speaker at the Tangerine arts showcase who is now living independently, completing Grade 12 and has applied for a trucking apprenticeship that will enable her to work with the TTC, fixing vehicles!

For photo highlights of the day please check out the Tokens4Change Facebook Page.

“One hand can change their life. It was yours.”

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