From 2004 to 2018, the Junior League of Toronto ran a holiday tea and gift market as a community fundraiser, raising over $210,000 in gifts for over 4,000 teens living in shelters throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Attendees made donations as the price of admission to the tea. These donations were used to buy gift cards which were distributed to shelters for their residents, as well as to fund JLT programs and projects. In return, attendees enjoyed tea and treats while shopping the holiday gift stalls, bidding on silent auction items and listening to live music. The Tea not only provided gifts for marginalized young people during the holidays, it created awareness in the community about youth homelessness.
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