Gifts can be dropped off at Examiner offices on Bayfield Street
Heather Croft, of the Barrie’s Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, and Examiner editor Brian Rodnick are encouraging readers to ‘adopt’ residents at the shelter for Christmas. MARK WANZEL PHOTO
Christmas can be a frightening time for families at the shelter and those who have left abusive relationships, trying to move forward with their lives. Imagine having children and knowing that you are not able to provide a gift at Christmas, wondering whether Santa will come.
How do you answer your children’s questions? Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie has more than 1,500 families that access our services annually, from this community.
The Barrie Examiner has partnered with the shelter to help provide a Christmas for these families. Our Winter Sponsorship program provides a Christmas of gifts, gift cards and food gift certificate/food items for each of the families in shelter and those families in need that access our services while remaining in the community. We try to provide a pair of pajamas, slippers and small treat for each person within each of the families. We also try to provide a gift card of a minimum of $100 per family member.
The mom can then either shop for items for her family herself (as we try to empower the women and find this empowering in two ways – first, that she is able to shop for items for her family and second, hat she knows that her ability to do so has come from those who support her in her own community).
Please help us provide a Christmas for a child, a family in our community.
If you would like to sponsor a family, contact the Examiner, 705-726-6537. Gifts can be dropped off in the donation box set up at the Examiner (571 Bayfield St. N.) during regular business hours Monday to Friday.