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BT Christmas tree sale raises $13.8K for Daily Bread Food Bank

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Dec 11th, 2013

The fifth annual BT/Home Depot Christmas tree sale has raised $13,800 for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Hundreds of people lined up Wednesday morning for the fifth annual BT/Home Depot Christmas tree sale at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

City’s Breakfast Television co-host Kevin Frankish, weather specialist Frank Ferragine, other show regulars and 680News’ Rudy Blair were at the square beginning at 5:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, the square was being packed with balsam firs, courtesy of Home Depot. Viewers will be able to buy a tree for a minimum donation of $10 to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

The donations will help the food bank. Last month, the Daily Bread launched its holiday food drive with the goal of trying to raise $2.5 million and a million pounds of food. Click here to make a donation.

“I am amazed every year that people will get up at 5 o’clock in the morning, come out in the cold to buy their Christmas tree and donate to Daily Bread. It’s a fantastic event,” Gail Nyberg, executive director of Daily Bread told Blair.

In 2012, more than a million people used food banks in the Greater Toronto Area. It was the fifth straight year of similar numbers, according to an annual report by the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Breakfast Television will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the annual Toronto Auxiliary Police Toy Drive, which was struggling for donations when it kicked off late November.

Five locations are accepting toy donations to help approximately 3,000 children and youth in need from the Scarborough area. Click here for locations.

Will you be lining up for a tree? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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With files from Showwei Chu, CityNews.ca

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