Prodigy Graphics of Concord, Ont., donated three shopping carts worth of food and supplies to The Open Door program in Mississauga. The goods were donated by Prodigy’s 50 staff members.
Founded in 1974, The Open Door is a frontline outreach program to provide relief for thousands of less privileged Mississauga residents each year. Receiving more than 21,000 visitors every year, the volunteer-based program provides meals, grocery gift certificates, bus tickets, clothing, toiletries and school supplies, as well as a referral counseling service, to anyone in the community who is in need. A dinner and two lunches are also served each week.
“We are a lifeline for many families who may be almost invisible in the community,” said Lynne Culham, Executive Director of The Open Door. “We operate entirely based on donations and are so grateful to those who generously support our work.”
Prodigy Graphics is a trade-only offset printing and finishing operation working with North American print resellers, brokers, graphic designers, commercial printers and other print professionals.
“It’s an honour and privilege to make this donation to The Open Door in support of its many important programs,” said Gordon McCauley, CEO of Prodigy. “Since 1974 Open Door has been dedicated to ease the burdens of so many in this community who might otherwise have nowhere else to turn. We in the printing industry face our fair share of challenges but without a doubt our troubles pale in comparison to the suffering and pain seen here every day.”
In 2014, Prodigy also stepped forward with a $12,000 donation to Evangel Hall Mission (EHM), a Toronto-based charity that helps homeless and socially isolated individuals find a safe haven from the streets. Its youth programs assist more than 100 at-risk youth with social, recreational and educational activities every week.