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Be the ‘Miracle’ for Miracle on Main Street this year!

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 info@tjsf.ca or learn more about making a donation by visiting www.MiracleOnMain.ca.

Warm meals from warm hearts – ICCM is kitchen-central during COVID-19, feeding bodies and souls By Margaret Anne Fehr

‘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 Krantz – Congratulations on 40 years as our Mayor!

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. 

Youth Innovators of Milton (YIM)

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

Milton District Horticultural Society

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.

Friday Night Fever! Online Gala for MDHF

It has been a unique year but Milton District Hospital Foundation was thrilled to be able to celebrate their Gift of Health Gala virtually on Friday, October 23rd.

The Virtual Gala was a great success and raised $138,500!  Proceeds from the Gala will have an immediate impact on Milton District Hospital because it funds the equipment required to provide our community with high quality healthcare.  Since government funding does not cover the cost of equipment, our hospital depends on donors in the community to provide our healthcare professionals with the resources they need to care for their patients.

Keeping Space for Pollinators

A few years ago, members from the Italian Cultural Centre of Milton (ICCM), Milton Green, Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R.), Field and Stream, and vectorI.A.S. (Invasive Species Action & Awareness) came together to create a pollinator garden on the grounds of the ICCM.  The garden has done well and has provided food and shelter to various bees, butterflies and other creatures. However, it was time for a refresh! So, on October 17th, Sustainable Milton gave the garden new life! A number of those who were part of the original group dug in and were joined by some amazing new recruits. A few weeks prior, Sustainable Milton was very fortunate to have had the expertise and guidance of Sean James, Milton’s local sustainable landscaping hero with a national and international reputation. Sean helped to identify what was in the garden and provided ideas to enhance the diversity of species.