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Press Release: Hand To Hand Community Sweetens The Holidays For Orangeville Homeless Youth

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New Orangeville charity, Hand To Hand Community Services Fdn is bringing a bit of sweetness to the holidays by visiting local Choices Youth Shelter on Christmas Eve with a gift of milk and over 100 shortbread cookies from Wicked Shortbread Co on Broadway Ave. Press Release - Dec 20, 2012 - Choices Youth Shelter in Orangeville, ON has been a safe haven for the homeless youth of Dufferin County since 2000. In 2011 alone, they provided 2585 bed nights to homeless youth as well as advocacy services, art therapy, anger management and other programs aimed athelping youth transition out of poverty permanently through life skills development.

Hand To Hand has taken interest in the shelter and is hoping to help the shelter revive its Youth In Transition program that rose the success rate of its residents from 32% to 60%. Sadly the program was cut and Hand To Hand is determined to gather community support to help bring the program back to life in order to reduce recidivism in their local community.

In early 2013 Hand To Hand Community will also be supplying Choices Youth Shelter with a years supply of HE laundry detergent and vinegar (for green cleaning.)

When asked about the cookies and milk, Program Director Daniela Siggia said "we wanted to do something sweet for the kids, it can be such a lonely time of year for homeless youth. Plus, laundry detergent is practical for the bottom line, but cookies are way more fun. Why not do both? There's no where else I'd want to be on Christmas Eve. These kids need and deserve love. I wanted them to know that their community is with them, especially over the holidays."

Hand To Hand Community Services receives stable funding from Triple R Recycling, an environmental waste diversion service that helps keep landfills from receiving an estimated 900,000 tons of recyclable textile waste a year. Triple R Recycling does this through their many clothing recycling bins across the province of Ontario. The clothes that are collected are not sold to thrift stores. Instead, donations are sorted and shipped to countries around the world, that lack in affordable clothing. Hand To Hand focuses on redirecting those donations back to the local communities where businesses & property managers offer their support, by permitting clothing bins to be placed on their properties at no cost.


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