The holiday season is upon us – this is the time of year in which we extend generosity towards our family and friends in the form of gifts, gatherings, and goodwill.
On December 11, the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation asks you to extend that generosity a bit further during their 9th annual Miracle on Main Street charity event. The gathering is described as a toy drive, but offers visitors a great deal more. The event takes place in the morning, from 7 am to 10 am on a closed-down portion of Main Street outside Troy’s Diner in Milton.
During this time, attendees are welcomed to enjoy live entertainment including local student performers, the Halton Regional Police Band, carols from the Milton Choristers, and the Salvation Army Band. The Amusement continues with a Ferris Wheel, trains, horse and carriage rides, and a petting zoo.
Troy’s Diner will offer a hearty breakfast to satiate early morning revellers. Troy Newton is proud owner of Troy’s Diner, which has been one of Milton’s favourite breakfast spots since opening in 2005.
Guests will also be encouraged to collect autographs, and take photographs with a variety of celebrities including Tiger Ali Singh, hockey dad Walter Gretzky, Maple Leaf Alumni, players from the Hamilton Tiger Cats, and Tiger Jeet Singh himself. As always, representation from the Halton Regional Police Service, and the Milton Fire Department will be on site to show their support and chat with families.
The inception of the Miracle on Main event was a culmination of occurrences. In the autumn of 2009, Tiger Jeet Singh Jr. was visiting his 5-year-old nephew at SickKids Hospital. The boy had been diagnosed with Leukemia and his uncle was overwhelmed by the number of children who would have to spend the holidays in the hospital. At the same time, Troy Newton proposed the idea of a toy drive, and this miraculous event was born. The first annual drive raised 30,000 dollars, and subsequent years have seen donations equaling almost 250,000. As of 2017, 2 million dollars has been raised.
“The objective of Miracle on Main Street is to promote the spirit of giving among all faiths,” says Tiger Jeet Singh Jr., President of Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation. Admission to Miracle on Main Street is free, but Miltonians are invited to donate a new, unwrapped toy in its original packaging (don’t forget the batteries!). Toys and donations will be dispersed to organizations and services such as The Salvation Army, Halton Women’s Place, as well as to local schools in support of breakfast programs, inclusive classrooms, literacy and mental health. Donated toys are delivered to The Hospital for Sick Children, and McMaster Children’s Hospital. Young persons admitted to these hospitals during the holidays will receive a special toy. Those wishing to make a monetary donation to the Foundation can visit tigerjeetsinghfoundation.com and further event details can be found at miracleonmain.ca
Photos by: Ann Kornuta