Peace Pregnancy Support Centre:
The Emergency Community Support Fund Round #2 came at the perfect time for the Peace Pregnancy Support Centre, as they were looking at ways to fund their Operation Christmas Hamper 2020. Through the Northeast BC Community Foundation, they received $5,000 toward this Christmas project to provide beautiful and much needed gift baskets to clients.
Susan Stark, Executive Director with Peace Pregnancy Support Centre can best explain:
“Each of our Christmas hampers was specially put together with a specific client’s unique needs in mind, and included grocery gift cards, fast food gift cards, bath items, pajamas, candy/cookies, toiletries, and a small wall hanging.
Homeless clients also received socks, gloves, hats, and non-perishable food items like peanut butter, crackers, granola bars, powdered juice, dried fruit, etc.
Moms with babies received diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, handknit blankets, books, and toys.
Other clients received essential oil diffusers, body lotion, tea, candles, and Christmas ornaments. We tried to make the value of each hamper around $300, bearing in mind that many of these hampers would be the only gift these ladies received for Christmas.
One of the most touching responses to a hamper was a teenage girl who was so overcome by emotion she couldn’t speak. When I asked her what she was thinking, she said she was crying because now she could use the gift card to buy food for her kitten. She was more concerned about the needs of her kitten than she was about her own needs. It broke my heart.
About: The Peace Pregnancy Support Centre is a faith-based non-profit organization that provides compassionate support to anyone facing an unplanned or challenging pregnancy. Everyone deserves a safe place to feel cared for and listened to, and we strive to be that place, regardless of a client’s decision about her pregnancy.
Our clients come to us with a wide range of life situations… everything from teen pregnancy, pregnancy loss, adoption placement, post-abortion, domestic abuse, sexual violence, poverty, addictions, mental health challenges, and more. We provide referrals for community supports and professional counseling, material supports such as diapers, wipes, infant nutrition, baby clothes and equipment, toiletries, and more.
We are so grateful to the Northeast BC Community Foundation for making this project possible! Our clients were able to have a wonderful Christmas, in spite of the difficulties they faced throughout 2020. What a beautiful way to end a challenging year.”
We will be featuring more stories and photos from Grant recipients in our future newsletters and on our Website.