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On Wednesday, December 5th a convoy of ten Oshawa Built trucks filled with toys and new clothes for local children in need, will be leaving the General Motors Oshawa Assembly plant, escorted by Durham Regional Police Services throughout downtown Oshawa to arrive at the offices of the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF).  The toys and clothes are part of the annual Holiday Hope gift hamper program that is facilitated by the DCAF.

The employees of General Motors have been supporting the Durham Children’s Aid and children in need since 1968.  The program started with a teenage mother and baby, funded by a Secretary Pool, and has grown every year with General Motors employees increasing their commitment to help the children of Oshawa and Durham Region.   When news came out about the plant closing, employees organizing this year’s hamper drive, quickly called the DCAF to inform them that employees were committed to making the last drive bigger and better than ever.  This year, GM employees have sponsored 45 families, representing over 100 children living in Durham Region.

The idea of having a toy convoy was originally planned in the summer as an opportunity to celebrate a successful 50-year partnership, but with the recent news of the planned closure of the Oshawa Assembly Plant, the toy convoy has taken on a different message of thankfulness and appreciation for everything the employees of GM have done. “For over 50 years, the employees of GM have demonstrated a culture of giving.   DCAF has appreciated their unwavering support and they have provided much hope to the thousands of children and their families through our annual gift hamper program” says Sian Gibson, Executive Director of the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation.

The convoy will leave the General Motors Assembly Plant and will be escorted along a route, taking them through downtown Oshawa to the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation at 1320 Airport Boulevard where the hampers will be received.   The Foundation has been working with the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce to promote this toy convoy, and businesses along the Holiday Hope convoy route are encouraged to come outside and show their respect to the community leadership of the employees of General Motors by “clapping them out” when the trucks pass.

“Clap outs are often used in schools as a sign of respect as they clap out their senior graduating class.  We hope the community of Oshawa will take two minutes on Wednesday morning and show their appreciation for everything the employees of General Motors have done for our community”, says Gibson.   Since 1968, the employees of General Motors have supported close to 2000 families which represent over 6000 children.

Where: 900 Park Road South

When:  10:30 am, Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

The Durham Children’s Aid Foundation is a regional charity that supports children/youth who are receiving services from the Durham Children’s Aid Society.  It receives no government funding and relies solely on community donations and grants.  DCAF supports programs that allow a child to be a child such as the Holiday Hope program, Summer Camp, Youth Mentorship and Post-Secondary Bursaries.

The route is as follows:

10:30- Trucks Leave Plant  (Park street North to Bloor , Left on Bloor and Right on Park)

10:38 – From Park rd,  trucks turn right onto King

10:40- From King st, trucks turn Left onto Simcoe

10:48- From Simcoe st. trucks turn Left onto Taunton

10:52- Trucks  arrive at 1320 Airport Boulevard.

A link to the route: https://goo.gl/maps/j82XBNDUZKC2

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