This past holiday season was a flurry of activity for local community group Women Helping Women, as they distributed approximately 750 care packages and organized two trailers of emergency supplies for flood-impacted Abbotsford and Tulameen.
And it wouldn’t have been possible without all the generous and gracious help from the community, says organizer and Ladner resident Pindi Mann.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to help in our small, little way, and know that maybe we brought a little bit of joy to somebody’s Christmas morning ... The community really came forward and really helped us out and, in turn, helped out these communities,” says Mann.
Women Helping Women’s Fraser Valley team put together 122 care boxes together for women in the Abbotsford and Mission area, while South Delta’s team packed more than 500 for the local community.
Following the severe B.C. rainstorms, they sent Abbotsford a trailer full of emergency supplies for the folks impacted and 140 care boxes up to Tulameen, who was also severely impacted, as well as another trailer of supplies.
“On behalf of the Tulameen and District Fire Department, thank you! Your generosity and kindness will help many residents in Coalmont and Tulameen,” wrote Tulameen Fire Chief Jody Woodford in the comments of a Women Helping Women Facebook post.
The group’s GoFundMe was also incredibly successful and surpassed their $5,000 goal, hitting $5,294, with all the funds going towards purchasing items for the gift boxes.
Care packages within Delta went to local women, the transition house Azure Place, Wings 2nd Stage, Reach, the Boys & Girls Club, the Delta Hospital, Deltassist’s Young Moms group, Deltassist’s Stop the Violence group and the Early Years Program, reads their Facebook page.
“We’re grateful to our community for coming out and supporting this cause. We’re grateful to our volunteers and all the businesses that collected for us. It’s a busy time of year and they still had boxes out for us and stored all of it during such a busy time,” says Mann.