The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed the world as we know it. Physically distancing from others in our community has been difficult for many but this does not mean we cannot lean in and help others. For weeks, the Canadian Government and Provincial health authorities have been asking its citizens to stay home and stay safe in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
For many of us, "Shelter in Place" means time at home with our kids, loved ones or pets, groceries delivered, an inviting couch with endless Netflix streams and a warm bed at night. Being "stuck at home" really means staying safe at home. But what about those among us whose home was never a safe place?
Our support of local women's shelters remains a core value of our team and we are committed to continuing our work with them. Currently, there is an urgent need for care packages for women who have recently escaped domestic violence and for those in third stage housing complexes. These are vulnerable women and children in our communities who had very few resources to begin with while trying to seek safety in a shelter. Our team is working diligently to collect the following items:
Care Package Components:
bottles of bleach-based Fantastic spray disinfectant cleaner
containers of disinfecting wipes
packages of toilet paper
liquid hand soap
small bottles of bleach
packages/bottles of laundry soap
$25 grocery and pharmacy gift cards (these need to all be in the same increments; $25 each
adult colouring books with markers/pencil crayons
activity kits and other self-care items to pass the time in self-isolation
This is the latest list that we put together today.
Cridge Transition House could really use:
Cleaning supplies: All-purpose spray cleaners, bathroom spray cleaners, disposable cleaning cloths, etc.
We have a good supply of disinfectant concentrate that we mix up in spray bottles but if anyone can source disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer that would be amazing.
Cridge Supportive Transitional Housing could really use:
Pre-paid VISA or Mastercard cards (many places not handling cash now, and to pay for groceries on-line, WIFI needed now kids are doing school remotely and other materials for home learning, etc)
Lap tops for kids to connect to school
The Cridge web site now has a new donation page for the gift card campaign from 3 stores: Walmart, Thrifty’s and Fairway.
Gas cards and pre-paid VISA or Mastercard cards cannot be purchased on our donation page.
We want to make it easy for you to help! Do you have any of these items at your home or are you able to add them to your next grocery shop? We will arrange for a contactless porch pick up from you!
Our team members will be driving around Greater Victoria this Friday & Saturday afternoon between 2-4pm to pick up items. If either of these days/times do not work for you, please reach out to our team and we will arrange for an alternate pick-up.
These are truly difficult times, and for those who are most vulnerable, including women and their children impacted by domestic violence, the days are extremely challenging. Please consider donating care package items as a way to stay connected to your community in a time where we must stay (physically) apart. We are all in this together. Stay home. Stay healthy. Stay kind.