Slippers, socks and soup. Not only does this combination of words roll off the tongue nicely, these are also three much-needed items sought by local community groups.
Hope Secondary School’s senior leadership students found this out as they called around to local social service organizations asking what they are in need of. The recipients of their donation drive for November are the Jean Scott Transition House and the Hope food bank.
“Then we just went with the alliteration, that’s why it’s slippers, socks and soup. Just to keep it really easy and simple,” said leadership advisor Lenora Poulin.
The focus for the students was on what was really needed in the community. “So often we’re like ‘we need to give to charity’ but they don’t actually need what we want to give. So we wanted to find out what they actually needed and if they could accept it,” she said.
The response from the wider community outside the school has been great Poulin said, with people dropping items off at the school. “They can either message me or bring it to the school, as long as they are wearing a mask they can come in the front door of the school and leave it right there at the office,” Poulin said. The students are looking for new slippers, new socks and cans of soup.
Another component of the student initiative is fundraising through Neufeld Farm orders. Anyone who wants to place an order can message Poulin (Lenora.Poulin@SD78.BC.CA) and then e-transfer her the funds for their order. The pick-up of orders will be a drive thru style at the school. The last day to place an order is Thursday, Nov. 26.
The idea is to give part of the cash from this fundraiser to the Hope and Area Transition Society, who run the transition house, “because they have purchasing power. They know what they need and they can do more with cash.”
For the food bank, the school will purchase gift cards that are then given to teenagers during the holidays. This is something the leadership team does every year, purchasing between $500 and $700 in $25 gift cards. Usually this money is fundraised through “Eat Week”, where students prepare food at home and sell lunches in school for a week. Yet due to pandemic health guidelines, this is no longer possible. Hence the Neufeld order as an alternative way to fundraise for cash.
Charities like food banks are making efforts to transition from donations of goods to monetary donations, especially with the difficulties of processing physical donations during a pandemic. Yet sometimes students and others who want to give find it very difficult to give cash, Poulin said, while they may have some items to spare in the cupboards at home.
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