By SURINA NATH
This year Re/ Max Hallmark Realtor, Cori Endrody is helping Community Centre 55 with its annual holiday food drive, Share A Christmas, through a thoughtful donation bag initiative.
“I’m new to the Beach and have noticed that this community is unique and very close knit” she said.
The campaign is simple and straightforward. Endrody and her team will be going door to door in local neighbourhoods dropping off large paper bags, when requested, that can be filled with donations for Share A Christmas. They will also then come and collect the full bags and get them to Community Centre 55.
Those who would like to help by making a donation of non-perishable food items, can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-699-9292 to both receive a bag to fill with donations and to have it collected by her team.
“The bags are starting to pile up here” said Endrody of the many bags full of donations that have been collected since the campaign began earlier this month.
All donations are going to the Share A Christmas program at Community Centre 55 which helps hundreds of families in need over the holidays.
Endrody moved to the Beach recently to live with the love of her life. “I used to be a west-end girl, and still have a thriving business out there, but when it came to making my decision to move east I just had to take a leap of faith” she said.
“The Beach is so community-centric” Endrody continued. “I just love living here. It’s like nowhere I’ve ever encountered.”
The realtor is in the process of moving her business from west to east—taking a thriving business and completely transplanting it, while giving back to her new neighbourhood.
“Aside from the business aspect, Community Centre 55 is a close circle and seems to be the hub of the neighbourhood” Endrody said of her decision to help collect donations for Share A Christmas.
The mother of two is also a local sponsor of a Ted Reeve minor hockey team and she has been supporting community events at Kimberly Public School and Malvern Collegiate.
Endrody is becoming entrenched in the community; and her initial motivation for this particular campaign was to make it easier for the many people in this neighbourhood who want to help out over the holidays but sometimes find it hard to do at such a hectic and busy time of the year
“I was trying to come up with something that people could be engaged and involved in with little-to-no effort to accommodate to everyone’s busy schedules” she explained.
“Feedback has been so good this year; I’m hoping to have the bag donations every year,” she added. “The response has been great in surrounding areas that have been involved as well.”