Pickup Locations

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    A Taste of Freedom Country Inn

    24 Mill St W, Tottenham, ON, L0G 1W0
     
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    Foodland - Shelburne

    226 First Ave E, Shelburne, ON, L0N 1S2
     
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    Happy Dragon

    226 First Ave, Shelburne, ON, L0N 1S2
     
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    Lloyds Mennonite Furniture

    1 Proctor Road Hwy. 9 & Hwy. 27 SE, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0
     
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    Sobeys

    500 Riddell Rd, Orangeville , ON, L9W 5L1
     
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    The Barley Vine Rail Co

    35 Armstrong Street, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3H6
     
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    Lot's O Fun

    10 Centennial Rd, Unit # 1, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1P9
     
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    Orangeville Home Hardware

    60 4th Avenue, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3Z7
     
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    Rustik Local Bistro

    199 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K2
     
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    Soulyve Caribbean Kitchen

    34 Mill Street, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2M3
     
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    Freshco

    286 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L1
     
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    The Body Bar

    279 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L1
     
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    Johnny's Pizza

    283 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L2
     
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    Angel's Diner

    33 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1J7
     
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    Philadelphia Kitchen

    281 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L2
     
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    Black Birch Restaurant

    307388 Hockley Rd, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2Y8
     
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    Fifth Avenue Family Dental Centre

    75 Fifth Ave, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1G3
     
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    RBC Bank - Orangeville

    489 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 0A4
     
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    Pizzaville - Orangeville

    47 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 4N8
     
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    iPro Realty - Orangeville

    41 Broadway Unit 3, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1J7
     
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    Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre

    6 Northmen Way, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3B2
     
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    Alder Street Arena

    275 Alder St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 5H6
     
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    New Wave Pool & Spa

    308 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L3
     
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    Zehrs - Orangeville

    50 Fourth Ave, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L0
     
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    Kelsey's Restaurant

    115 Fifth Ave, Orangeville, ON, L9W 5B7
     
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    Mad Hatter / Ruby Pier

    101 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3J8
     
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    Boston Pizza - Orangeville

    5 Buena Vista Dr, Orangeville, ON, L9W 0A2
     
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    Secure Insurance

    685 Riddell Rd Unit # 101, Orangeville, ON, L9W 4Z5
     
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    Lucky Lime Clinic

    299 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L4
     
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    D&D Pools & Spas

    78 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2E4
     
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    Blighty's Tuck Store

    88 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3J6
     
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    Quest For Cakes

    48 Centennial Rd #4, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3T4
     
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    Barb's Country Kitchen

    634041 ON-10, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2Z1
     
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    Dufferin Garden Centre

    250 C Line, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3Z8
     
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    Meridian Credit Union

    190 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K3
     
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    Orangeville Tourism Visitors Center

    200 Lakeview Court, Orangeville, ON, L9W 5J7
     
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    Deja Vu Diner

    318 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L3
     
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    Fromage

    23 Mill St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1J9
     
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    Staples

    88 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2N5
     
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    Orangeville Flowers & Greenhouses Ltd

    78 John St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2P8
     
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    The Cutting Crew

    88 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3J6
     
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    Suzanne Gardner Flowers

    131 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K2
     
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    Framed X Design Custom Picture Framing & Art

    75 Broadway #201, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K1
     
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    Mrs. Mitchell's Restaurant

    887395 Mono Mulmur Townline, Mulmur, ON, L9V 2W1
     
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    Bliss Tropical Cuisine

    506195 Hwy 89, Mulmur, ON, L9V 0N7
     
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    Nifty Nook Restaurant

    633432 ON-10, Mono, ON, L9W 5P3
     
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    Ken Young Aluminum

    633395 Hwy 10, Mono, ON, L9W 3M1
     
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    Harry Stone's Pizza Burger

    19 Elora St S, Minto, ON, N0G 1Z0
     
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    Harriston Home Hardware

    18 Elora Street, Box 10, Harriston, ON, N0G 1Z0
     
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    Food Basics

    222 Silvercreek Pkwy N, Guelph, ON, N1H 8E8
     
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    Food Basics

    380 Eramosa Rd, Guelph, ON, N1E 6R2
     
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    Hanlon Convention Centre

    340 Woodlawn Rd West, Guelph, ON, N1H 7K6
     
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    Associated Billiard Companies Canada

    120 Regal Rd, Guelph, ON, N1K 1B9
     
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    Merit Glass Ltd.

    61 Arrow Rd, Guelph, ON, N1K 1S8
     
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    Supreme Car Wash & Car Detailing Cente

    20 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON, N1H 3T9
     
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    Meadowville Garden Centre

    7767 Wellington Rd, Guelph, ON, N1H 6J2
     
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    Bigelow Flooring

    450 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1K 1A6
     
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    Sarmazian Brothers Flooring

    575 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1K 1E9
     
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    Staples

    370 Stone Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1G 4V9
     
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    Staples

    20 Woodlawn Rd E, Guelph, ON, N1H 1G7
     
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    RBC Royal Bank

    987 Gordon St, Guelph, ON, N1G 4W3
     
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    Cora

    35 Harvard Rd, Guelph, ON, N1G 3A2
     
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    Food Basics

    3 Clair Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1L 0Z6
     
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    Arthur's Fuel

    202350 County Rd 109, Grand Valley, ON, L9W 7N1
     
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    Brewed Awakenings

    17 Main St S, Grand Valley, ON, L0N 1G0
     
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    Fountain Head Health Store & Cafe

    212 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N7
     
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    Junie Moon

    133 St Andrew St West, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N6
     
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    Coldwell Banker Grand Homes

    162 St. Andrew St E, Fergus, ON, N1M 1P9
     
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    Fergus Monuments

    375 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1P1
     
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    Sew What?! Sewing Company

    208 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N7
     
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    Fergus Fireplace & Home Comfort

    967 St David St N, Fergus, ON, N1M 2W3
     
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    Grand River Outfitting & Fly Shop Inc

    105 Queen St W #6, Fergus, ON, N1M 1S6
     
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    Trenset Hair Design

    105 Queen St W # 2, Fergus, ON, N1M 1S6
     
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    Fraberts Fresh Food

    105 Queen St W # 3, Fergus, ON, N1M 1S6
     
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    I Love Chocolate

    128 St. Andrew St.W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N5
     
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    Ron Wilkin Jewellers

    109 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N6
     
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    Cover-Ups Flooring

    199 St. Andrew Street W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N6
     
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    Get Hitched RV Centre

    850 St David St N, Fergus, ON, N1M 2L2
     
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    Mosaic Spa

    830 St. David St N, Fergus, ON, N1M 2L2
     
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    The Breadalbane Inn

    487 St Andres St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1P2
     
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    Broderick's Fergus

    257 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N8
     
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    FreshCo

    753 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 3H2
     
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    Decor Solutions

    92 Main St, Erin, ON, N0B 1T0
     
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    Shoe Villa

    54 Wellington County Rd 7, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Gorge Country Kitchen

    82 Wellington County Rd 7, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Seasons Home Decore

    45 West Mill St.Unit 4, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Katrina's Kloset

    3-54 Wellington Road 7, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Sarmazian Brothers Flooring

    471 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge, ON, N1R 6J2
     
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    Highpoint Cafe & Restaurant

    20092 Hurontario St, Caledon Village, ON, L7K 1W8
     
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    Caledon Foot Clinic & Orthotics

    15955 Airport Road, Unit 202, Caledon East, ON, L7C 1H9
     
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    Rock Garden Farms

    16930 Airport Rd, Caledon East, ON, L7C 2X1
     
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    United Lumber Home Hardware Building Centre

    12833 Hwy 50 South, Caledon, ON, L7E 1M5
     
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    Caledon Tile Kitchen & Bath

    12 Fisherman Dr, # 6 , Brampton, ON, L7A 1B6
     
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    Party Magic

    60 Healey Rd, Unit 1, Bolton, ON, L7E 5A5
     
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    Zehrs - Bolton

    487 Queen St. S, Bolton, ON, L7E 2B4
     
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    Belwood Country Market

    6 George, Belwood, ON, N0B 1J0
     
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    Arthur Cash and Carry

    101 Smith St, Arthur , ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    The Plumber's Wife

    238 George Street, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Sussman's For Her

    143 George Street, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Arthur Home Hardware

    7580 First Line, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Labelle Flowers

    270 George St, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Ray's 3rd Generation Bistro Bakery

    1475 Queen St W, Alton, ON, L7K 0E4
     
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    Dream Wood Ltd

    13785 Hwy 27, Nobleton, ON, L0G 1N0
     

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Winter Birds

Waking up to the sound of a lovely melody usually signals a sign of spring, and for most, this melody is likely not a family member in the shower! But we do love sitting in the backyard throughout spring and summer, watching and hearing the lovely varieties of birds as they snack on our feeders, play amongst the trees, and tirelessly gather twigs and grass to build their family homes.

But did you know that Ontario plays refuge to plenty of birds throughout the cold winter months, and they are just as beautiful and vibrant as the species we often see in the warmer seasons.

Listed here are just some of those sweet feathered friends you can enjoy watching throughout the cold, snowy season:

The Gray Jay, aka “Whiskey Jack”, is one of the most robust birds when it comes to the cold Canadian winters. This deceptively cute Jay is one of the most intrepid birds in North America, living in northern forests year-round and rearing chicks in the dark of winter. Highly curious and always on the lookout for food, Gray Jays eat just about anything, from berries to small animals. They may even land on your hand to grab a raisin or peanut! During summer they will hoard their food in trees to sustain themselves through the bleak winters.

The Northern Shrike. A beautiful soft grey, black, and white, this bird is a serious hunter. They love to hunt in the early morning hours, because their prey (mainly insects), are generally quite docile at that low-temperature time of day.

The Black-capped Chickadee. A sweet bird, and almost universally considered “cute” thanks to its oversized round head, tiny body, and curiosity about everything, including humans. The Chickadee’s black cap and bib, white cheeks, gray back, wings, and tail, and whitish underside (with its buffy sides) are distinctive. Its habit of investigating people and everything else in its home territory, and quickness to discover bird feeders, make it one of the first winter birds most people see and learn.

The Dark-eyed Junco. This sweet brown and gray bird is one you have to watch out for. They are ground feeders, and can often be found hopping around tree bottoms eating leaves, so watch your step! They will also fly to visit backyard feeders and eat from those as well.

Snow Bunting. Also called snowflakes, Snow Buntings travel in large packs. The feathers on their bellies are stark white, and when flying in a pack they can tend to resemble snow flurries! When most warm weather birds are flying south, these guys are happy to stay right here with us in the cold.

The Downy Woodpecker. Downy Woodpeckers, with their black and white striped heads are foragers, which is why you will see them pecking away at trees searching for grubs. Their flight strategies are unique as they rise and fall, working their way up and down the trees. The male has a distinctive red cap on its striped head, so they can be easier to spot than most.

The Common Redpoll. A small brownish-gray finch with a bright red patch on its forehead is a very busy bird. These tiny birds of the Arctic Tundra and Boreal Forest migrate in abnormal cycles, occasionally showing up in large flocks. In winter, they enjoy flocking from backyard to backyard, feasting on whatever they find inside bird feeders.

The Snowy Owl. Now this one is a beauty! The majestic yellow-eyed, black-beaked, all-white Snowy Owl is one of the largest and heaviest owls. While they have excellent eyesight, they obviously can't see their prey when it's underneath snow or a thick layer of foliage. To capture those meals, this owl relies on its other keen sense: its superb hearing.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, should you want to attract some of these beautiful creatures to your backyard when snow covered and cold. Believe it or not, birds require very little to survive the Canadian winter months, they simply need the basics; food, water, and shelter.

For shelter, the trees birds tend to choose most are of course evergreens, as they provide excellent reprieve from the cold wind and snow. If you choose to place a birdhouse into an evergreen, be sure to tuck it into the middle of the branches, and keep the food flowing!

Providing water can be a bit trickier. While birds will often obtain water from the snow and rain, you can also maintain a birdbath throughout the cold months with a purpose-made birdbath heater. It’s a small gadget that most hardware stores sell, and can be battery operated. Birds depend on water to help them digest after they’ve eaten, and it is just as crucial in the winter as it is in the summer.

For feeders, the most basic version is the ground itself. Many birds, such as Juncos and Grouse, prefer ground feeding. However, throwing seeds on the ground in the winter can be wasteful as the food can get buried under the snow. As an alternative, seed can be placed under evergreens sheltered from snow, or you could just let the birds on the feeders scatter the seed onto the ground. Just be mindful of other neighbourhood critters that are also looking to keep their bellies full! Pole feeders are the easiest to install, and keep the birds at a safe distance from prey and other species.

What a lucky thing it is to live here in a geography that supplies us with the constant beauty and song of birds all throughout the year. As such, and in return for that beauty and song, I think it’s only fair that we provide them with some of those basic necessities of life, to help them make their way through another cold Canadian winter!

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