ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity which provides emergency shelter and the tools communities need to rebuild their lives. ShelterBox works to reach the most remote, and most vulnerable families affected by disasters all over the world.
Their community based approach to humanitarian aid resonates well with Jake Healy, owner of Golden Gecko Coffee. Jake started Golden Gecko in Toronto’s Babypoint neighbourhood with a vision of not just providing delicious coffee but to be a community hub where people could meet, share experiences, relax and give back.
The name Golden Gecko came from the prestigious Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence in Australia. The award recognizes businesses for innovation in environmental management and community integration. These are the same values that Jake wanted to instill in his coffee shop.
While many coffee shops in the area have stamp cards, which earn customers a free coffee after their ninth purchase, Jake wanted to do something a little more. At Golden Gecko, when you reach your free coffee, Jake will also donate $1 to a charity in the community. He says that giving back to the local community, the Canadian community, and our global community is very important to him and he wants his customers to be a part of that.
Golden Gecko and ShelterBox Canada (located just down the street) have teamed up to help families in need around the world. The donations accumulated through the stamp cards will go to providing ShelterBox’s emergency aid for families who have lost everything after disasters.
Visit Golden Gecko today at 282 Jane Street and grab a stamp card! Not only will you be getting delicious coffee, but you will help ensure no families are left without shelter after disasters.
While you are in the neighbourhood, drop in at ShelterBox Canada located at 159 Jane Street to learn more about our work around the world.