Community outreach projects; The basic idea is to make giving easy; to provide a space for basic conversation and action around the sad and problematic situations in our society, right here at home in our neighboring communities, that we often turn a blind eye to.
Typically, I ask for basic toiletries, warm gloves, hats and clean socks and underwear, easy no prep snacks and treats. Including ‘ Holiday Stockings’ where a stocking is provided from Plush for you to fill, ‘Project Purse’ where I ask you to fill an old purse with similar items to be distributed to women for Valentines Day, and ‘Duffels for Dudes’ where I ask you to fill a backpack or more masculine or gender-neutral reusable pack of some sort, with similar items. These are gifted to the marginalized people in our nearby communities in hopes of creating connection and hopefully spreading a little love and joy.
Since Covid, I have tried to support North Burnaby Neighborhood House with collection of things that we probably don’t think much of, for families in North Burnaby who are struggling and in need. If you have participated, I want to thank you so much. If you are reading this, I hope you will try it out! It is a ripple of heart warmth and positivity that vibrates and ripples inwards and out into our world.
Past Projects : Project Purse for Valentine’s Day
Gather your old and gently used purses (murses, or handbag type vessels) and fill them with toiletries and personal essentials – similar to the stocking idea but geared to women- guys you can do this too! – warm gloves, hats, socks, tampons/pads, deoderant, toothbrush and paste, lipbalms, no prep snacks – protein drinks, chocolate, gatoraide, gum,candies etc – feel free to get creative and add giftcards or other fun items that you think would be appreciated – add a personal note- the power of connection is such a simple, easy and overlooked super power in my opinion:)
have some fun with it and feel free to get creative. Tell your friends. Involve the kids and teens. (In past, Elementary classes have created hand made Valentine’s cards to go with the purses!) Amazing!
WHO? YOU! and tell some others! share this email! Use social media for something positive.
WHAT? Project Purse; spreadin some healthy love to women for Valentine’s Day
WHERE? bring your full purse in to plush to be given to women working/living on the dtes
WHEN? jan 25- feb 8 (drop off tues – sat 11-1)
WHY? Why Not!? — Connection and community is of immense importance – if you can make another’s day a little brighter, why not do that; not to mention how your spirits will be lifted in this process.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND GENEROSITY.
past projects…HOLIDAY STOCKINGS FOR THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE
Annual Holiday Stockings to the DTES
Please help me out with an community holiday project super close to my heart.
I believe addiction and mental health to be factors that touch us all, from varying degrees of closeness and severity. I also believe connection and compassion to offer relief and comfort, even if only temporary. Christmas can be a wonderful and joyous time; it can also bring up feelings of lack, pain, loneliness, anxiety, fear, and hurt. For me, giving or ‘acts of service’ can be a powerful antidote to discomfort within myself, put simply – it always always always feels good to give. I think that is the point of the season, even when it feels sometimes buried in the busy and the other stuff.
Here is what I’m asking of you if you live here-
Come into plush and I’ll give you a freeeee stocking to return to me filled by dec 23- the usual items : to include
….and anything you feel like gifting .. gift card, toiletries, candy.. etc.. (can include a personal note, who you are, words that touch you, etc)
If you don’t live here- you can do a stocking or two where you live and randomly drop them off to someone you see on the streets near to your own home or office. Or organize this instead of white elephant or another gift exchange.
If you’re too busy- etransfer and I’ll turn it into a stocking or two for you!
If you prefer to give with your time- come in and sort or shop for me!
Please share this post on social media and please help me with this.
Happy December ♥️
gratitude in motion – thanksgiving; THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND GENEROSITY 🙂
diapers (all sizes), tampons, sanitary pads, small bags of flour and sugar and containers of cooking oil, non perishable protein (peanut butter, tuna, salmon)
PLEASE! Help me collect these items, they will go to North Burnaby Neighborhood House and be given to families in need, right here in our own community. Do you ever look at your life and do a gratitude scan? Holy moly I am one grateful person! I have my HEALTH, an amazing teenage daughter (who only yells sometimes lol), two adorable dogs that make me smile on the hour! A fantastic job at my favorite place on Earth, PLUSH! Where I get to interact and create for YOU lovelies! (Thanks for reading, and your business!) Help me put gratitude into motion and spread some love for Thanksgiving. Thank you.
duffles for dudes
This is an annual initiative similar to xmas stockings and project purse, but aimed to men in honor and recognition of men’s mental health and addiction challenges.
Collecting for the month of June, looking for backpacks or reusable cloth bags filled with toiletries and personal hygiene items, mens tees, socks and undies, no prep snacks, wipes, masks, sanitizer, lip balms, etc. Drop your filled purses off and I will distribute to men residing on the streets of the dtes this summer.
past projects- project purse; spreadin’ love to women for valentine’s day
With much gratitude…xo
about our community outreach
Community outreach programs—quarterly and every second month (on average)! The basic idea is to make giving easy; to provide a space for basic conversation and action around the sad and problematic situations in our society, in our neighboring communities, that we often turn a blind eye to.
Typically, I ask for basic toiletries, warm gloves, hats and clean socks and underwear, easy no prep snacks and treats. Including ‘ Holiday Stockings’ where a stocking is provided from Plush for you to fill, ‘Project Purse’ where I ask you to fill an old purse with similar items to be distributed to women for Valentines Day, and ‘Duffels for Dudes’ where I ask you to fill a backpack or more masculine or gender neutral reusable pack of some sort, with similar items. These are gifted to the marginalized people in our nearby communities in hopes of creating connection and hopefully spreading a little love and joy.
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thank you for your generosity and contribution…
the most recent Project Purse and Christmas stockings were major successes, allowing humble gifts to residents of the downtown eastside on Valentines and Christmas. If you were a part of this amazing community effort, thank you so very much!