In The Spirit of Giving

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - By: Sarah R, Mackenizie ‘20

In the past few weeks, in typical BC fashion, the weather here on Vancouver Island has begun to turn cold and damp. Although some of us find it annoying, this weather presents a much greater challenge for those in our community living in poverty or without a house to call home.

With this in mind, the Brentwood Environmental Action Team (BEAT), and the Student Peer and Resource Counselling (SPARC) Committee decided to collaborate to facilitate a loose change and warm clothing drive. Beginning in early October, reps from both of these clubs took donation boxes to all of the boarding houses to collect good quality warm winter clothing, rain gear, and warm socks, as well as shampoo, feminine hygiene products, razors, and shaving cream. Toiletries are incredibly important in allowing people living in poverty to maintain personal hygiene, and according to the Jen Millar, the manager of the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, one of the things that these people lack most.

The Cowichan Valley Basket Society is a food bank and support center for homeless people living in the Cowichan Valley, and all of the proceeds from this collection went to the organization to be distributed to those in need in our community.

We asked people to consider donating any extra warm clothes and toiletries they had, and in the spirit of giving, also did a Thanksgiving loose change drive. While you might not think that your few dimes could make a difference, we collected over $300 to go to the same cause, and were, as SPARC Captain Sophia K, Allard ‘20 put it,“blown away by people’s generosity”. Similarly, Jen Millar (cheerfully dressed in her halloween costume when BEAT Captain Sarah R, Mackenzie ‘20 and Ms Richardson went to deliver the donations), was impressed by the kind donations.  

Sarah R, Mackenizie ‘20

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