- LIVEact Theatre of Whitby hosted a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on April 26 for the New Life Neighbourhood Centre. Over 150 supporters attended the event and what an amazing event it was! The band Shades of Gray headlined the evening with their music while MC Dave Schwinghammer kept the crowd engaged and in a giving mood. At the end of the evening nearly $5,000 was raised in support of the Centre’s food bank. Thanks to everyone for your generosity.
- We are very grateful to the Sobey’s stores in Whitby and Ajax for holding a food drive for the Neighbourhood Centre during the first week of April. Also on hand was a Durham Police cruiser to help promote the event. Their efforts help us to help our neighbourhood.
- 14 – The NLNC hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation event at the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday, March 14. The service and luncheon recognized and thanked its many volunteers, supporters and donors. Certificates of appreciation were presented by Jennifer French, MPP Oshawa during the luncheon. See the pictures. Visit our facebook page for more pictures.
- 29 -Buffalo Wild Wings Charity Auction
- 3 – Cooking with Will
NLNC re-launched its cooking class on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00pm. The classes are taught by Executive Chef Will. The goal is to help families and individuals learn how to prepare nutritious meals from the contents of the meal boxes they receive from the Centre. The classes will be held in the Centre’s kitchen on the first Tuesday evening after each meal box distribution date. See our calendar for all event and program dates.
- 24 – Care packages for the homeless
On Saturday January 24, NLNC volunteers delivered care packages to the homeless in downtown Oshawa. They went to shelters and other locations where individuals were thankful for the hot coffee and muffins as well as the packages. The packages included blankets, gloves, socks, snacks, and hygiene products. Many were blessed including our volunteers who indicated how grateful they were for what they had when they saw how little others in our community had. See Director Ann Thompson’s comments to Rogers TV Durham Region.
Thanks to all our volunteers who came out to help. Thanks also to the donors who provided the supplies for the packages including: Feed the Need in Durham, Real Canadian Superstore, Residence Inn Marriott, Sears, Starbucks, The Body Shop, West 49, and Yves Rocher.
Volunteers share their experiences from the streets of Oshawa:“It was amazing! We certainly were blessed, and were so impressed by their gratefulness and excitement. Don said they were all saying ‘God bless you’ when they received their packages. You would think you were giving them a million dollars. I’m sure the people at the shelters were so thankful for the things they received as well. I was really impressed as we drove around to see so many people carrying their care packages. We would love to do it again. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this experience.”– Madolyn & Don –The most amazing experience that stood out from all the others was the teenage boy. James ran up to him and he came over. He was so appreciative of the bag and the look on his face when he opened the bag melted my heart. He was so happy. He expressed to us how he was new to Oshawa and also new to the streets. He looked so cold. He had no jacket, mitts or hat. When he tried on the gloves that amazingly enough were just the right ones made for him, he smiled and said thank you. We told him we where from New Life and that we could provide him with food, clothes and other things he may need. I really hope to see him and just know he is ok. Thank God for New Life and the shelters around us to help better the lives of people just like him.”– Melissa –
“Maria, James and I really enjoyed helping to make the care packages and especially enjoyed going out and handing them out. When we got home we sat and talked about it and it made us really realize that even though we are struggling with money and other things, they have less then we do and need people like us to care and help them with what we can. It made us feel like we had a million bucks compared to what they have. All the people we gave care packages to were very grateful and really loved the bags – they were waterproof and would keep their things dry. One lady thanked me and told me I made her feel special because I didn’t treat her differently.
We came across one person that made us feel really good. He was 16 years old. He told us he was new to this area. He didn’t even have a coat and his hands were so red from the cold it brought tears to my eyes. He opened up the bag and said ‘wow, thank you’. Then he put his gloves on right away and sat and talked to us while he had his coffee and donut. We told him about our food bank, where it was and that he should come for a coat if he needed one. When he left he said ‘thank you so much, I didn’t expect all that was in the bag.’ It made us all feel really good inside and that we made his day special. We are so happy that we were a part of giving out the care packages.”– Kelly –
“It was the first time for all of us. Our children were really into it. Isaac had the muffins and Kelly-Ann was holding the donuts. Isaac said to me while we were in the park giving out packages: ‘Mom, I just prayed for that woman over there.’ It was such a blessing to witness my children being impressed by the Holy Spirit. My heart overflowed with gratitude. Our daughter, Kelly-Ann, said she really wants to do it again. When we first arrived at the park, there was nobody in sight. Then we prayed and all the people came out! Praise God! We will definitively do this again as a family.”– Stephanie –
“It was such a wonderful experience and we were so truly blessed! It is so wonderful to do something for others, I feel like we feel more blessed then they do! Just the gladness and thankfulness the people showed was the most rewarding experience. Almost all of them said ‘God bless you.’ That just made me really happy! We will be back for sure!”– Kim –
“It was such a humbling experience. Everyone we met said ‘God Bless you, thank you so much for what you have done.’ One gentleman said ‘is it really for free? Wow! I can’t believe you are doing this.’ One of the volunteers with me (Don) took off his gloves and gave it to him and he was so happy!I met another who was desparately cold. He was shaking so much he actually spilled the coffee. I could see he was having a hard time. After helping him I walked away thinking: we have warm homes and food yet some are barely existing. It is definitely more blessed to give than to receive.”– Noel –