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Generations Foundation breaks through wall of poverty

Natalie Bercovici (far left) and volunteers prepare gifts for needy children. (Photo courtesy of Generations Foundation)

Natalie Bercovici (far left) and volunteers prepare gifts for needy children. (Photo courtesy of Generations Foundation)

I woke up to our first winter morning of 2013—blowing snow, sleet and rain. The grey morning sky morphed into brilliant, piercing colours in a promise of positive change. Today, a young senior, I cannot help but wonder how I survived the previous harsh winters.

When I was a student, I woke at 7 am, passed on breakfast and trudged to school through the slush and snow to get to my destination, then back home to eat lunch, to school again and back home in the damp and cold afternoons as darkness approached.

Children continue to function that way and sometimes get up even earlier. Breakfast is often rushed or is a non-event.

That is why Generations Foundation, its volunteers and donors care and do what we do best: offer oatmeal, cheese, toast, milk and juice or a healthy snack to begin the school day. Lunch and another snack are also offered.

Many children still arrive at school with their stomachs growling. We cannot turn our backs on them. Our promise is to work through the “wall” of poverty and discontent with whatever it takes to make it happen. We care!

Generations Foundation, Global TV, Shaw Direct and Mega Blok Christmas food and toy drive continues to December 20. 514-933-8585, generationsfoundation.com.

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