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Community Giving

Community Giving and Outreach

We never lose sight of the fact that healthy communities benefit everyone. Not only do they make the places we work more inviting and nurturing for our employees and customers, better communities contribute to the social fabric of Canada as a whole. But above these advantages, we simply believe we have a commitment to give something back to the places that have helped us succeed.

Our community giving and outreach efforts include both funding and participation. We encourage our employees to volunteer with charitable organizations and also help us find worthy charities for Foss to support.

 

McHappy Day

McDonald’s Canada and its franchisees celebrate McHappy Day every year. On this day $1 from every Big Mac sandwich, Happy Meal and hot McCafé beverage sold is donated to the Ronald McDonald House and other local charities in Canada. To date the charity has raised close to forty million dollars. This is in combination with donating ten cents from the sale of every Happy Meal all year round.

McHappy Day started in Canada in 1977 by George Cohon, founder of McDonald’s Canada. Today McHappy Day is celebrated worldwide, and is a key source of funding for the Ronald McDonald Houses. The Houses provide homes for families of seriously ill children who are staying at a nearby hospital. Their stay could range from days to weeks or even months depending on their child’s medical treatment and recovery needs. It is hard to believe that each year there are more than 10,000 families who require this type of assistance from the Ronald McDonald Houses. 

Knowing that there are so many families who depend on this charity, Foss National Leasing had its own McHappy Day Picnic led by Jeff Hartley. He extended an invitation to the entire staff to join him at McDonald's, offering to buy lunch for those who did. The response was great; everyone enjoyed their meal and it was good to know that the money spent went to a great charity. 

 

National Cupcake Day for SPCAs and Humane Societies

National Cupcake Day has been celebrated for years in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and in 2013 Canada celebrated its first ever National Cupcake Day.

National Cupcake Day was created to raise much-needed awareness and funds for the SPCA and humane societies. For Canada’s first National Cupcake Day, the goal for the campaign was to raise $150,000 in Eastern Canada. This goal was surpassed, with bakers bringing in $227,637.83. Foss National Leasing and Roy Foss Motors account for $1,000.00 of this amount. Our company Social Committee set up two tables in the Roy Foss Motors showroom, and dozens of beautiful cupcakes adorned the tables, all baked and donated to the cause by employees, their friends, kids, and grandchildren too!

 

The Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund

The Santa Claus Fund was created in 1906 by Toronto Star Founder, Joseph E. Atkinson, to give Christmas gifts to less privileged children who would otherwise not have any gifts to open on Christmas morning.

In a joint effort, Foss National Leasing and Roy Foss Motors offered their support to the Santa Claus Fund, with Roy Foss Motors providing use of a Chevrolet Equinox which was used to pick up and deliver Christmas boxes by Foss National Leasing staff members.  Each box is customized by age and includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, hat, gloves, fleece sweater, a toy and candy. The Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund helps 45,000 children in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Ajax and Pickering. 

 

Samaritan’s PurseOperation Christmas Child started in 1990 and to date has collected and distributed over 100 million shoe box gifts worldwide. Each shoe box is filled with personal hygiene items, school supplies, toys and candy. These boxes are given to children in need of all genders, races, religions and ages.

 

Hope for Children Foundation is a Toronto based charity which serves children and families on the caseload of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. Donations to the foundation help families purchase a Christmas meal, warm clothing and toys for children.

 

The Montreal Gazette Christmas Fund has been in existence for 39 years and the Gazette covers all administrative costs of the fund. 100% of donations go directly to needy families and individuals during the holiday season.

 

Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) is a not-for-profit community centre in Calgary that provides programs in the areas of health care, social services and education to a population that struggles with issues of poverty. During the holiday season, CUPS has an Adopt-A-Family program that provides a sponsored family with Christmas dinner and a gift for each family member.

 

St. Michael’s Hospital has a long and proud history of caring and compassion. Since 1892, it has preserved its commitment to compassion and excellence all the while evolving into a centre for innovation in patient care, teaching and research. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s Hospital leads the way in clinical care, education and research in heart disease, trauma and critical care, neurosurgery, arthritis and osteoporosis, keyhole surgery, diabetes, cancer care and care of the homeless and vulnerable populations in the inner city.

 

Foss National Leasing has donated funds and food to Daily Bread Food Bank. We would also like to acknowledge the members of our staff who accepted our offer to allow them to volunteer at the Food Bank during our normal business hours. Operating in Toronto, the Daily Bread Food Bank provides food and resources for hungry people. Food from public donations are sorted and delivered via the Food Bank's member agencies who provide food relief programs to members of the community who are in need. The Food Bank also offers advocacy support for issues such as access to social benefits, housing, immigration, and employment; they also conduct community-based research, gathering statistics with the aim of developing innovative, practical government policies that reduce hunger and poverty.

 

Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness (CCAA) and The Sun Youth Organization also known as “Jeunesse au Soleil”. Typically, Foss National Leasing would provide a gift to each employee to show appreciation for their efforts over the past year. This year those funds will be directed to both these organizations. The CCAA, operating mainly in Ontario since 1993, has a mandate to significantly reduce the incidence and impact of abuse through education and public awareness. Their programs give hope to abuse victims whose tragic circumstances and terror filled lives have left them feeling helpless with nowhere to turn. Donations to Sun Youth, an organization established in Montreal in 1954 to provide programs to people in need, will be used to purchase perishable and non perishable food which will be added to food hampers.