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Turkey Giveaway at The Scott Mission
December 21, 2012
TORONTO - Alex Haditaghi remembers as a child how his family would get groceries from the Scott Mission and this year he decided to give back to the tune of 1,400 turkeys.
“I lost my father 25 years ago and when my family came to Canada (from Iran) it was hard to make ends meet and we would come to the Scott Mission for groceries every week. At Christmas they would give turkeys and that is when we started celebrating Christmas,” Haditaghi, who owns a mortgage company, said Friday at the mission where the turkeys were handed out. “(Last week) I was driving my brand new car and it broke down right in front of the mission. I can’t forget where I came from. I remember being here. I asked them if they wanted turkeys and they said of course. The car started up right after that. It was the weirdest thing.”
With the help of some friends, Haditaghi was able to raise $25,000 to purchase the frozen turkeys in time for Christmas.
Peter Duraisami, the CEO of the mission, said it is a blessing to be able to give.
“We have already given out 26,000 Christmas hampers — the need in the city is so much,” Duraisami said. “The face of poor and hunger has changed in this city. It is wonderful to see the joy on people’s faces. To be able to have a turkey for Christmas is beautiful. People like Alex amaze me,”
Joy Holloway with the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Islington lined up with tickets for five turkeys.
“This is marvelous to be able to reach out and share. We do outreach dinners and will allow us to feed 130 people,” Holloway said.
Vera Gajada says she probably wouldn’t have a turkey for Christmas without this generosity.
“This is just great,” Gajada said. “I will share it with my children and my grandchildren and have a good Christmas. This is a blessing. God has been good to us.”