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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Update and Thank You from Our Lady Of Lourdes

As you may be aware, on August 21st, a six-alarm fire broke out at 650 Parliament St. 

Approx. 1,500 people were forced to evacuate the building, and many remain displaced. This includes 60 families from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.
Following the fire, Lourdes Principal Ryan Peterson, sent an email callout for assistance, and there was an overwhelming response with donations of uniforms and other clothing items. Several other teachers also stepped into action, gathering assistance and donations.
“It is our endeavor to make the school a welcoming place and assist the families in preparing their children for school,” shared Lourdes teacher Adrian Pope. 

Community businesses have also responded generously with donations of food items, backpacks, gift cards, etc. The Our Lady of Lourdes community would like to thank the following companies and individuals who have generously donated:
  • Loblaws: providing snacks and food to start the day.
  • Food Basics: gift cards
  • Staples Business Depot : Gift cards and school items
  • First Choice Hair Cutters: Gift Cards and discounts for 650 Parliament families.
  • Costco: Donations of backpacks
  • Knights Of Columbus: Coats for kids
  • TCDSB schools for donating gently used uniforms.  
  • Staff at Our Lady Of Lourdes for the many ways they support all the students.
  • The Angel Foundation, neighbors and other parents who supported our students with gift cards.

There are more donations coming in and we thank everyone in advance. The families are now looking at displacement for about 2 to 3 months as repairs are being made on the building, and therefore continued support will be needed.



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