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The Ancaster Mission Team at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Ancaster, Ont., sponsored a donation drive for the Purse Project. The Purse Project collects new or used purses in good condition and fills them with personal care items and a card of blessing. The congregation donated soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body lotion, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, hand sani- tizer, small packages of tissue, feminine hygiene products, socks, hats and gloves. Financial donations were also received. Team member Jennifer Pooni involved her extended family in the project and, with their contribution of additional purses, we were able to donate 40 purses to Mary’s Place, a shelter for homeless women in Hamilton.
       St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Islington, in Etobicoke, Ont., kept busy over the Advent and Christmas season. Carollers welcomed church attendees each Sunday of Advent. Others took part in the Sandwich Brigade, which included preparing homemade sandwiches, eggs and cookies for Evangel Hall Mission residents in downtown Toronto.
The “Christmas Angels” team at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Ont., wrapping gifts for families in need in our community, in association with ARISE Ministry (and also with a little help from “Gnorbert” the Armour Heights Gnome).

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