Ontario members supported IODE Community Services Department
Since 1900, IODE has sent necessities to those in need, both at home and abroad.
In Ontario, the Provincial Chapter has gathered, packed and shipped needed articles since 1938. During World War II, the value of necessities and amenities shipped to Canadian serviceman was $80,000. At home, the value of shipments continued to grow. By 1994 another $2,098,114 worth of goods had been sent to Canada’s northern regions. The first 70 years of packing and shipping, the total value of goods sent was more than $4,000,000.
Boxes are sent to nursing stations, crisis centres, women’s shelters and schools. Articles shipped include many hand-knitted or sewn sweaters, hats, mitts, scarves, socks, afghans and quilts. These are made and donated by members across the province. Baby clothing and layettes are in great demand, as are warm, winter jackets and sweat suits. Personal hygiene and dental care products, thermal underwear and blankets are also well received.
Today articles are shipped to isolated communities in Nunavut, Labrador, Manitoba, and Northern Ontario.
The Northern schools, nurses and communities have requested Neck-warmers instead of scarves. The staff have told us that these neck-warmers are the new safer replacement for young children on playgrounds.
We are sharing our IODE Neck-warmer pattern for those who knit.
Rainbow Centre in Cartwright, Family Ties Resources Centre in Charlottetown, Peacock Elementary School in Happy Valley, Aboriginal Headstart in Hopedale, Circle of Friends in Mary’s Harbour, Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain, Social Services in Natuashish, Labrador Health Services Clinic at Christmas in Northwest River, the Nursing Station and Rainbow Family Centre in Port Hope Simpson, Northern Lights Academy at Christmas in Rigolet, and Grenfell Regional Health Service in St. Lewis.
The Community Centre in Angling Lake, Margaret Gray Nursing Station in Cat Lake, Mattagami First Nation in Gogama, Swanson Mekanak Memorial Health Centre in Kingfisher Lake, Missabay Community School First Nation in Mishkeegamamong, the Community Centre in Moosonee, the Family Treatment Centre and Nellie Fiddler Memorial Health Centre in Muskrat Dam, the Public School in Savant Lake, North Caribou Lake Band in Weagamow Lake, and Jemina McKay Community Centre in Wunnumin Lake.
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