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Community & Culture

Onlia Gives Back: Holiday Helpers

The holidays can be a tough time for some families – but not if Holiday Helpers has anything to do with it.

by Team Onlia

We have a lot to be thankful for this year here at Onlia. As heartily as we celebrate our successes —– like launching our insurance product, and supporting our growing community of Onlia Insurance App™ drivers, we learn from missteps as well. And while we aren’t exactly slowing down as we head into Holiday Mode, we are definitely taking time to reflect on a year well-spent — and eat a whole lot of festive chocolate and candy along the way (seriously, our office is full of it).

Holiday Helpers

As we enjoy the holidays, it’s important to remember that the holidays aren’t as joyous for everyone. That’s why, as a team, we wanted to make an effort to give back to our community by connecting with Holiday Helpers, an amazing Toronto-based organization that supports lower-income families over Christmas with the help of volunteers who take part.

Hundred of donors sponsor individual families from across the GTA, and provide items like winter coats, hats, mittens, boots, and other household items for the whole family. Of course, there are a ton of toys, too. Each family also receives an artificial Christmas tree, complete with decorations and a topper. Holiday Helpers basically delivers Christmas in a box (or 20, but who’s counting).

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Holiday Helpers is gifting over 700 families with a Christmas package this year, so we visited their pop-up warehouse where all the magic happens to help put them together. As we helped sort through, organize, and wrap, we were astounded by the generosity of others – and it inspired us, too. 

We’re all about safety here at Onlia, but that means so much more than being safe on the road. Many Canadians are in need this holiday season, so if you see someone that could use a helping hand, extend yours. While we’re on our way to making Canada a safer place to live, let’s make it a better place to live – for everyone.

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