A group of volunteers from the Bradford area are working to make sure that none of Simcoe County’s homeless are left behind during the holiday season.
The Great Canadian Gift Box is a local charitable effort launched in 2018 to provide essential items to the less fortunate. As the cost of living increases, the group is working to help those who are struggling to make ends meet.
“It’s not only the homeless who are on the streets, but I mentioned the invisible homeless, who are people who surf on the couch, they live from month to month, don’t know if they may pay rent next month and are about to be evicted, ”says Jenny DiPietro, one of the founding members. “So it’s not just the people you see on the street; there is a whole other group of people who are often left behind. “
On Sunday, DiPietro enlisted the help of some of his son’s baseball teammates to help pack nearly 200 homeless gift bags.
“Through our efforts, we were able to collect donations from the community, so we got 1000 pairs of socks, we have people donating wholesale sanitary napkins to us; dentists in the area gave us brushes toothpaste and toothpaste, and all of those things need to be bagged and well wrapped as gifts for the homeless, ”DiPietro told CTV News.
The group hopes to grow and get a registered charity number by the summer, which will allow them to work more closely with local schools.
If you want more information about the initiative, you can email [email protected] or find them on social media.