GUEST POST from KATHY MORTIMER
Every year Midtown collects items for Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre (KDCHC) to distribute to people experiencing homelessness over the holiday season.
People who work at KDCHC tell us these small gifts are really meaningful to the people who receive them.
Since 2020 we haven’t gathered in person to collect and package the stockings.
This year I have a fundraiser for KDCHC to purchase stocking stuffer items. Midtown Mugs highlight local landmarks, events and ideas that hold special meaning to the people who work and play here.
Send me an email if you’d like to get one! firstname.lastname@example.org
Mugs are $20, dishwasher safe, designed and made in Midtown.
All proceeds from sales go to KDCHC! 6 designs to choose from.
Soupstock: Celebrating the simplicity of sharing soup with neighbours. A Buckner brainchild, it’s held in October, about a month after the street party. Bring a crock of soup, a bowl and a spoon, and meet your neighbours!
The Bad Habit: A good idea whose time should come soon at the Sacred Heart convent on Moore. This neighbourhood pub would give us a place to gather and greet all year round! If you believe it, it will come.
Spur Line Trail: The spur line rail got a trail in 2016. Stretching from Kitchener’s Via train station to uptown Waterloo, it’s a much loved pedestrian and bicycle corridor for Midtown. Just watch out for the occasional night train carrying toxic chemicals to Elmira!
Trees of Midtown: Midtown residents’ favourite tree is usually the one they see from their window. But special mention goes to this amazing tree at Agnes and King. American Sycamore is critical for local wildlife and children. You might just love it too!
Dead Centre of Midtown The Mount Hope cemetery really is the heart of Midtown. Residents, students, patients, workers, bats, birds … there’s a place for everyone.
Midtown playground: The Mount Hope Cemetery has a rich history, but for many residents and students it is valued for winding walking trails, mature trees, bats and birds. The car free status makes it a carefree place to run and play.