Shelter receives boost in supplies

Southridge students donate food, clothing to Sources Women's Place.

Southridge student Aunnika Short (centre) delivers boxes of coats and boots to Wendy Kaczur (left) and Denise Darrell (right) at Sources Women’s Place.

A Peninsula women’s shelter received a boost in supplies last week, thanks to a week-long food and clothing drive held by Southridge School students.

The collection was launched by Grade 11 student Aunnika Short, who told Peace Arch News last week she was inspired to lend a helping hand after her mother began volunteering at Sources Women’s Place a year ago.

“The centre is based completely on donations, and sometimes the women there will go without a lot of clothes or other things,” Short said.

“And the food is all by donation, too. So I contacted two of the women who help run the place and asked them what sorts of things they need.”

Short collected different items for each day of the week – one day was canned goods to help provide meals, another day was granola bars – and to wrap up the week, she asked students to bring in coats and boots on Friday.

As an extra incentive, each day a one-pound chocolate bar was raffled off amongst those who donated.

Short, who delivered several boxes of items to the women’s centre Friday, said it feels good to be doing something positive for the community.

“I really like volunteering, and it was nice to be able to spearhead something like this,” she said.

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