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NEWS: Holiday giving adapts to COVID-19

December 21st, 2020 · No Comments

Westbank Corp. donated $5,000 to the Winter Table program at St. Peter’s Church on December 19. The developer was unable to host the neighbourhood turkey giveaway this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. Shown are (left to right) Richard Tone (Winter Welcome Table, St Peter’s Church), Father Michael McGourty (St Peter’s church), John Lee (Westbank), Councillor Mike Layton, Mario Catarino (Winter Welcome Table, St Peter’s Church), Ian MacLeod (Westbank), Michelle Naray (Westbank), and Carla Cameira (Winter Welcome Table). COURTESY WESTBANK CORP.

Due to the current public health safety restrictions, Westbank Corp., the developer of the Mirvish Village project, was unable to host its annual turkey giveaway this year.

For 28 years the Mirvish family hosted a turkey giveaway out of Honest Ed’s and Westbank picked up the tradition in 2018. More than 1,000 turkeys were given away by Westbank Corp. each year in the first two years of its program. 

This year Westbank partnered with the Winter Table program at St. Peter’s Church (840 Bathurst St.) in partnership with St. Joan of Arc Parish at Bloor and Keele streets to donate $5,000 for the program. It not only paid for all of Winter Table’s takeaway meals on December 21, but hopefully will pay for meals for the remainder of the winter season.

The December 21 Winter Welcome Table will provide a full turkey or ham takeaway dinner to all those who come to receive one. Leftovers will be delivered to local shelters for their residents. The Winter Table program has run for over 25 years, and provides meals every Monday night for those in need from November to March. 

For more information on how you can receive a meal or to support the Winter Welcome Table program, please visit:

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