Londoners support Mission Services London’s second annual Fill the Bus event – London


“Every little bit counts.”

That’s what Rachel Ganzewinkel, communications and public relations coordinator for Mission Services of London wants everyone to know, as they host their second annual Fill Up the Bus drive.


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Mission Services works with volunteers and World Hurdle Champion and two-time Olympian Perdita Felicien to collect backpacks, school supplies and non-perishable snacks for returning children.

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All donations will be used to help children and adolescents, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, access the services of the Rotholme Women’s and Family Shelter throughout the year.

“For the homeless, for families who already have very limited budgets, Little Extra helps these children start the school year on the right foot feeling prepared and ready to succeed,” said Ganzewinkel.

Some of the items collected on the bus during Mission Services of London’s “Fill the Bus” initiative.

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Felicien said that sometimes there can be a stigma associated with those who need help and parents may feel guilty that they cannot do more.

“I was a child who grew up in need of social services,” says Félicien. “My mother and sister spent a few months in a women’s shelter.

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She added that she never forgot that experience and the impact it had, shaping it as she grew up.

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“Missions Services London does a great job because they fill a gap, they fill a need so that a child doesn’t have to go to school and feel like they are missing or missing,” said Felicien.

Felicien will also be the keynote speaker at the Mission Services Fall Banquet and Silent Auction.

Those who missed the collection can still donate to the Mission Store located at 797 York Street.

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