StanD UP for 360kids

It was in the fall of 2016 when Stan Daneman launched his first “hot chocolate and oats” campaign for 360˚kids. A support centre for at-risk or homeless youths, 360˚kids offers employment, housing and healthcare services across three facilities in York Region as well as various outreach programs within the community. Each day, 300 to 500 youths in crisis situations turn to 360˚kids for stability and safety – an open door, a hot meal, and someone to listen. 
Troubled by the knowledge that the number of homeless youths on any given night well outweighs the number of available shelter beds, Stan’s initial idea was simple; he wanted to ensure kids in need had access to something warm on a cold winter’s night. 
In his first year, he collected 8,070 items for 360˚kids.
Building on the momentum of his campaign in its second year, Stan expanded donation requests to include warm clothing, hygiene products and non-perishable food. The 10,960 items collected helped provide for the 4,300 youths who access 360˚kids’ services each year, allowing the organization to focus funds on valuable housing, employment, wellness and educational programing. 
Through his work with 360˚kids, Stan’s aim was to help at-risk youths feel they matter, know their community cares, and stand tall. He believed wholeheartedly that when our kids feel supported, they’re more likely to stay in school, preserving positive relationships with peers and educational mentors as they look towards their futures. 
Stan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the spring of 2018. A testament to his kindness and determination, he was adamant his illness would not hold him back… and Stan completed his third drive, collecting 10,300 items for 360˚kids.
Though he passed away in January 2019, Stan’s simple yet powerful message lives on: when we support our youth, we invest in a brighter future. And now that task turns to us, so we ask that you please give generously in helping us StanD Up for 360˚kids! 
The Daneman Family – Anita, Taryn, Lauren and Jeff
Ways to donate

1. Purchase a digital gift card from your preferred grocery store (e.g., Walmart, Loblaws, Costco, etc.) and email details to [email protected].

2. Collect items for donation on behalf of your organization and contact us to arrange a pick-up.
3. Visit our donation drop-off box at Milliken Mills Community Centre from October 23, 2019 to December 1, 2019.
4. Join us for one of our “brown bag” days at Jim’s No Frills in Richmond Hill on November 2nd and 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Campaign closes on December 1, 2019- please ensure all donations are recieved by this date!
● Canned tuna/salmon/turkey
● Boxes of cereal
● Canned soup
● Peanut butter, jam, Nutella
● Canned vegetables
● Pasta sauce
● Boxes of instant oatmeal
● Ramen noodles/instant noodles
● Kraft Dinner microwaveable cups
● Canned stews and pasta
● Condiments
● Hot chocolate, tea bags, instant coffee
● On-the-go snacks (granola bars, crackers, fruit snacks, cookies, fruit cups, trail mix, popcorn, etc.)
Hygiene and Clothing Items (new only, in package)
● White T-shirts and undershirts
● Socks and underwear (white athletic and sport socks preferred)
● Shaving cream, deodorant, hair brushes
● Feminine hygiene products
● Laundry detergent (pods please)