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This Giving Tuesday, CLGW's GAP needs your help.

While the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals wrap up after American Thanksgiving, we shift our focus to Giving Tuesday.

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Giving Tuesday is a worldwide day for giving. While shoppers eagerly participate in sales events on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a chance to step away from buying and focus on giving. It’s a day where generosity and gratitude could make a life-changing difference for many in your community.

This Giving Tuesday, we’re asking our community to help support CLGW’s Grocery Assistance Program (GAP).

We have seen an alarming increase in the number of people accessing the GAP.

If you're the grocery shopper in the house, you too have felt the sting of increased cost of goods. I bet you've also seen an increase in your utilities costs. For someone on a fixed income, the cost of living increase is beyond difficult. And while the government has made promises around ODSP, we still have a long way to go before anyone on ODSP is able to afford our current cost of living.

Here are three ways you can help:

  1. Participate in the GAP Advent Calendar (pictured at the top of this post) – donate as many items on the list as you can, to help someone in need at CLGW this holiday season.
  2. Organize a group of friends, coworkers, or neighbours to make up a Grocery Assistance hamper, based on the items in the GAP Advent Calendar.
  3. Make a monetary donation, which will go directly to funding the GAP.

Our Giving Tuesday goal

Between now and the new year, with your support, we hope to raise enough funds and groceries to stock the GAP through all of 2023. It's an ambitious goal, but we think we can do it with your help.

What is the GAP?

To refresh your mind, CLGW supports more than 600 people across Guelph and Wellington County. We provide support in a variety of ways: Supportive Living (24/7, Modified and Supportive Independent Living), Day Services, Passport, EmployMEnt Options, opportunities through the University of Guelph and more.

The Grocery Assistance Program is available for adults with disabilities who are living independently to access a food top-up when they experience food insecurity. Nearly one in six of the people we support are living independently in our communities and many of those access the GAP alongside their local foodbanks to make ends meet.

2019 was the last year we made an intentional Giving Tuesday ask. Together, we raised nearly $8,000. That kind of generosity could absolutely make a huge difference for the GAP as we prepare for 2023.

Your help today, and in the coming weeks, is greatly appreciated.

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