Give Back with Shop to Share & More Virtual Programming!

We hope that you enjoyed our special edition “Late Night” Instagram LIVE takeovers this past week! From heart-warming concerts to hilarious bedtime stories, we loved ending our long days together as a Manitou family and feeling a much needed sense of community during this time of isolation. The good news is that our virtual programming continues and we are thrilled to announce our full Week 6 line up, which is sure to bring more exciting activities and entertainment for all. Please scroll to the bottom of the e-mail for the full schedule.

While our virtual programming is important, we also know it is imperative for us to recognize that there are many facing serious challenges are a result of COVID-19. While we have done a fantastic job as community supporting our frontline healthcare workers through our previous initiatives, we wanted to find other ways to show that #ManitouCares and help others who are in need. Please read below to learn more about how we can all give back through our new Shop to Share program.


We are very proud to be supporting Shop to Share, a grassroots initiative that is gaining momentum in helping women within the Durham region.

Providing food to those in need is difficult at any time but with COVID-19, distributing food is even more essential. Sadly, self-isolation and job loss create prime conditions for abuse. Statistics Canada recently reported that one in 10 women currently fear violence in the home, while police forces report a rise in domestic violence calls.

Our Manitou community’s contributions of food and personal items can help women and children in need. Global TV spotlighted Shop to Share and you can click below to see how together we can make a difference.


When you do your weekly shop, consider picking up some extra items to be dropped off at any of the addresses below on Thursdays prior to 3:00 PM. These will be picked up and distributed to women and children in need the next day. 

If you are unable to drop off items, please consider making a donation to Victim Services of Durham Region Fund. Tax receipts are provided and additional funds are needed more than ever.



Many women flea homes quickly and only have limited kitchens with microwave, mini-fridge and perhaps a stovetop, so please keep this in mind when contributing.

1) Non-perishable food: canned goods, cereals, granola bars, shelf-stable milks, instant soups, healthy kids snacks like unsweetened apple sauce and goldfish crackers, pasta, sauce, bread etc.

2) Perishable food: items with longer expiry dates and no need for immediate refrigeration such as apples, oranges, bananas, carrots, some cheese, corn, cucumbers, eggs, cured meat etc.

3) Kitchen essentials: Can openers, reusable cutlery and bowls

4) Personal items: cosmetics, shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hairbrushes etc. If you have an extra hair dryer you could donate, that would also be appreciated!

5) For kids: new or gently used books, crayons, paper, games and other similar items.


There will be open bins on the front porch so there is no need to touch anything. The next drop off is Thursday May 7th before 3:00 PM at any of the following addresses:

Cindy: 8 Heathdale Rd. Toronto 

Tina: 35 Millbank Ave. Toronto 

Karine: 56 Elgin Ave. Toronto (corner of Elgin and Bedford)

Sharyn:  49 Felicia Court Thornhill

Nancy: 127 Elgin Street Thornhill

We hope you are able to take part in this Manitou Cares program and please feel free to pass this on to others who may wish to help.


We are looking forward to Week 6, which will return to our regular time of 5:00 PM EST (Toronto time). Join us on Camp Manitou’s Instagram LIVE stream with a Camp Celebrity for a fun activity for you, your friends and your family.

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