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Letter of reflection on COVID-19: One year later

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Last week, on March 11, it was the one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all organizations, a lot changed for United Way Kingston, Frontenac,

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Canadian Colours Kingston Foundation donates blankets to those in need

The current pandemic has highlighted a lot of need within our community, prompting Canadian Colours Kingston Foundation to act. An organization which aims to encourage and promote the diversity that makes Kingston such a great place to live, Canadian Colours Kingston Foundation (CCKF) has created a new, annual event in

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Letter: ‘Local Love’ in action

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. As the 2020 United Way KFL&A Campaign draws to a close, I want to thank the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington community and all the amazing people who

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Pandemic won’t stop Tommy’s Annual Community Christmas Dinner

Tommy Hunter is looking for support to make his annual Community Christmas Dinner and Hamper Drive happen again this year. This is the seventh year of Tommy’s Christmas dinner campaign, which started as a dine-in Christmas Eve meal service for Kingston’s needy at his downtown restaurant. Hunter has partnered with

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Cereal drive in memory of Brady Faroldi enters fifth year

When Brady Faroldi was in his first placement as part of the Queen’s Consecutive Education program (teacher’s college), he noticed something that would change his life, and his legacy. There, in the school, before classes began, he noticed that students would enter the classroom and drop off their backpacks, before

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Local teen filling backpacks with school supplies for needy students

A Frontenac Secondary School student is filling backpacks for needy families for a second year in a row. 17 year-old Katie Onesi launched her Backpack Project fundraiser on Facebook on Friday, Jul. 31. So far she has raised enough money to purchase 26 backpacks and fill them with school supplies,

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Window-cleaning superheroes return to KGH on a mission for smiles

The world can always use more superheroes and the staff at Elite Window Cleaning never fail to deliver as they bring a sense of joy and entertainment annually to the children staying in the pediatric department at Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site. This year, perhaps more

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Over 1,600 meals provided through Tommy’s Sharing the Caring program

A Kingston restaurant owner and his community partners have provided over 1,600 meals to Kingston’s most vulnerable since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic through a program he calls ‘Sharing the Caring.’ Tommy Hunter, owner of Tommy’s Diner and Smoke ‘N’ Barrel, said he started preparing take-out meals for Kingston’s

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Martha’s Table replaces annual Empty Bowls fundraiser with car raffle

Martha’s Table is raffling off a Kia Forte EX 2020 and three vintage bicycles for their 2020 fundraiser. Executive Director Ronda Candy said they’ve purchased the vehicle for the draw, but with a COVID-19 outbreak sweeping the city, getting people out to buy tickets will be a challenge. “This is

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YMCA of Eastern Ontario launches 100 km fundraiser

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario plans to launch a 100 km Walk, Run & Roll Challenge fundraiser running Saturday, Jul. 18 to Friday, Jul. 31, 2020. According to Colleen Gareau, Director of Marketing and Communications, the event will “support the mission of the YMCA in building healthier communities.” Both a

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