Scarborough woman hands out gifts on Toronto streets to brighten lives

The Beatitudes Movement is inspired by Christian scripture

By Mike Adler - Scarborough Mirror

Cari Flammia and her mom Lucia hand out Blessing Bags to street people in the downtown area Thursday, Dec 21 - Dan Pearce/Metroland

Inspired by Christian scripture, Cari Flammia of Scarborough handed out Blessing Bags full of everyday items to homeless men and women on the streets of Toronto’s downtown. 

“I was inspired to do this because I see a need in the city and I wanted to do something that would make a small difference in the lives of those in need,” said Flammia.

“I feel it’s something that can brighten up the lives of those on the street while giving them some essential items in time for Christmas.”

Accompanied by her mom Lucia, Flammia went to Moss Park, Yonge-Dundas Square and Toronto City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 21, giving people many of the 100 Blessing Bags she had raised $1,000 to fill with such essential things as toothbrushes, toothpaste, gloves, snacks, socks, combs, and face towels, along with inspirational notes.

The bags are a project of The Beatitudes Movement which Flammia founded last year. The Movement has also collected toiletries for women’s shelters in Toronto and funds for Indigenous shelters in the city, as well as undergarments for Free The Girls, a group helping women rescued from sex trafficking.  

“I hope to plant positive seeds and also inspire others to take initiatives to do good in the world,” Flammia said this week, adding the Movement “is about recognizing the blessings we have” and spreading love in the world.

For her humanitarian efforts, Flammia was profiled this yea in the University of Toronto Scarborough’s 150 Neighbours, a collection of people from notable people from Scarborough.

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