It’s that time of year again when families begin to think about the upcoming holiday season. There are many families within Milton and Halton Region that are less fortunate and struggle to provide their children with an enjoyable Christmas, and some who are simply not able to buy their children a toy. This year we believe the struggle could be even greater for more families.
The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation (TJSF) is commencing their 12th annual Miracle on Main Street Christmas donation drive. This is also the third year of the merger between TJSF and Halton Regional Police Services campaign (formally Toys for Tots) to collect and distribute funds and toys to families in need throughout the Halton Region. The merger has allowed the organizations to enhance the annual donation drives and to work collaboratively to help more families in need than ever before. Since 1999 the Halton Regional Police Service have supported families through Toys for Tots. All donations collected are distributed to Halton schools, community agencies and families!
The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation is a Milton-based charity started by wrestling legends, humanitarians and philanthropists; Tiger Jeet Singh and his son Tiger Ali Singh. For the last eleven years, the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation has organized their “Miracle on Main Street” event which has raised millions of dollars though donations and sponsorships for children, families and local agencies Halton Women’s Place and Salvation Army in our Region and purchased thousands of toys for children admitted over the holidays at McMaster Children’s Hospital and SickKids.
To keep everyone safe, TJSF have had to modify their efforts this year. They are encouraging everyone to donate gift cards and unwrapped toys at designated locations noted on their website. Donations can be made online through www.MiracleOnMain.ca . Given that TJSF does not charge for any administrative fees, therefore 100% of the donations go back into the Milton and Halton community, and every penny raised online will go towards the purchase of a toy!
For further information, or if you are interested in partnering with TJSF to collect or donate gift cards and unwrapped toys, you can contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more about making a donation by visiting www.MiracleOnMain.ca.
Downtown Milton was the scene of fiery explosions, gun fights and cars being blown up sky high late November. But don’t worry, this was just Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart visiting our town for the filming of Man from Toronto.
Miltonians got a rare chance to see Hollywood close up with special effects as well as our downtown being transformed with many storefronts having temporary face lifts for the filming.
Woody Harrelson especially made himself at home in Milton. Each morning he would ride his bike through town. Many residents didn’t realize the man on the red bike who just rode past them was three time Oscar Award Nominee Woody Harrelson.
Harrelson an avid vegan who is also passionate about animal rights and sustainable foods stopped by The Green Eatery in downtown Milton to sample their vegan options and talk to the staff. He also took time to meet several local groups and did not shy away from talking to admiring Milton fans. From autographing an old VCR Tape of “Natural Born Killers” to taking a photo with a Milton Youth wearing a #miltonstrong mask – Woody won the hearts of many in our town during his short stay.
‘It takes a village’ is a truism that’s often heard and for good reason. It sums up the principle that when those most vulnerable in communities are affected, the good will and resourcefulness of those wanting to help revolves around a co-operative spirit.
Covid-19 has exposed the economic gaps and shortfalls in the Milton community and environs. When Chef Ken Samuel and the Milton Optimist Club approached Rosanna Conteduca, President of the Italian Cultural Centre of Milton (ICCM) in April to request the use of its community kitchen to prepare meals for the vulnerable, there was no hesitation recalls Rosanna.
Mayor Gordon Krantz is a busy man, with many meetings, problems to try to solve and responsibilities to fulfil. Some secrets to his success are: to enjoy what he is doing; not to be afraid of criticism; always prove that he is reliable and always remember to leave the T off CAN’T!
“I’m a young 83 !” he said, “Today I was up on our roof putting up Christmas lights! I was a volunteer firefighter for 20 years. I respect the ladder!”
Several Miltonians remember that our Mayor served as a part time firefighter for 20 years from 1960. He owned and operated Krantz Fuels from 1961 to 1980.
He was elected Mayor in the Municipal Elections of 1980, after serving as town councillor from 1965 to 1980. He has been re-elected for a total of 21 terms (8 as councillor and 13 as mayor). On December 1st, 2016 he outdid Hazel McCallion as Ontario’s longest-serving mayor and was decisively re-elected in the municipal election of October 22nd, 2018.
2020 has changed everything about our world from the way we do business and socialize, to the way we grieve. On October 7th the Townsend Smith Hospice Foundation hosted an online vigil on Zoom. Miltonians had to register in advance and were sent a link via email to log on, in order to participate.
Youth Innovators of Milton (YIM) is a group of youth that have come together to support their community. As a group we decided to take action and raise money for the Milton District Hospital Foundation. We believe the hospital is a vital part our of community. The front line workers have risked their lives everyday to save ours. During this Covid-19 pandemic, the hospital is in urgent need of funds which will allow them to acquire the proper equipment and resources to provide ideal care for their patients
Even the chilly weather couldn’t stop the dedicated volunteers of The Milton District Horticultural Society for their fall cleanup day at the Milton District Hospital, Serenity Garden. This garden was designed by Co President Jennifer Mirosolin and Karen Ditoro, the driving force of the volunteer gardens recently. It was installed by society members with the aid of several local businesses who donated supplies, funding and services. The Serenity garden has been tirelessly maintained by the members and they are exceptionally proud of how it has matured in the last couple of growing seasons.
The pandemic has forced everyone to re-think and re-evaluate how to operate, how to survive as a business or organization and most importantly how to thrive. “For Milton Rotary, the year got off to a rocky start in terms of fundraising with the cancellation of our annual Denim and Diamonds Spring Gala,” says Rod McLachlan, Milton Rotary public relations director.
With a commitment to aiding and focusing on Milton youth, projects and programs with decades of historical success were suddenly at risk. But fortunately for the local charitable service organization, one long-time fundraiser is well positioned to stem the bleeding – the annual Rotary Online Auction, says McLachlan. This year’s auction runs from November 7-21 at www.RotaryOnlineAuction.ca