The Christmas spirit came alive in Downtown Milton on December 9, 2019. The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation (TJSF) held its 11th annual Miracle on Main St closing off a stretch of road in front of Troy’s Diner up to Martin St from 6:30am-9:30am.
The event concluded TJSF’s annual toy drive which, started on November 1, 2019. “I wanted to promote the inclusivity of the Christmas Season,” Foundation President Tiger Jeet Singh Jr said. 2019 has been bigger with an expansion into neighbouring Peel Region at the invitation of Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and supported by Peel Regional Police. The partnership with Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) enters its second year. Singh Jr has also been to approximately 15 ‘Miracle on Main’ school assemblies. “I wanted to share with the children the same values that were taught to me by my parents when I was being raised. This year’s event will surpass the $700,000 that was raised last year”, Singh Jr. said. The Brampton event was held on December 11, 2019.
Sonia Nalywajko is a teacher who accompanied a group of 20 students and five teachers from Stewarttown Public School in Georgetown. The school held a series of fundraisers and spirit days including a North Pole party where students would pay to decorate a cookie, and drink hot chocolate. “It’s such a positive message. The whole message of inclusivity during the holidays,” she said. One of the students was Ian Cameron. “It’s such a good feeling to know you’ve done good for so many kids out there,” Cameron said. It was their first time at Miracle on Main St. A highlight for Cameron was the free food. WoodbineMohawk was offering a “Tiger Tail”, free coffee and hot chocolate from Tim Hortons, as well as free back bacon from Troy’s Diner. Toys were delivered to the Salvation Army and Halton Women’s Place immediately after the event and to McMaster Children’s Hospital on December 13.
Trustee, and Halton District School Board (HDSB) Chair Andrea Grebec came for the first time from Burlington because one of the schools in her area raised money through their basketball team and student government who collected money through the semiformal ticket sales. She liked the event’s broad appeal. “I’m here to experience the whole thing,” she said. Fellow Milton Trustee Heather Gerrits has been coming for 11 years. “For me it’s almost the start of Christmas,” she said of the event. “To see the smiles on the kids’ faces. It’s amazing,” she added. For more information including upcoming events visit www.tjsf.ca