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Volunteering at homeless shelter fuels her passion
Danika Bourrier is a Grade 12 student at Centre scolaire Léo-Rémillard, in the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine. She writes today about a project she undertook this year to help Siloam Mission.
Why I started this project:
This project was ultimately started because I wanted to make a difference in our community. I chose to help Siloam Mission because to me, everybody deserves to have food, appropriate clothing for the season (summer and winter) a place to call their own and last, but definitely not least, respect.
I was very pleased to find out that Siloam Mission not only offered all of these services, but that homeless people who used its services also had access to psychologists, doctors, dentists and more.
The moment I found out that Siloam Mission serves well over 300,000 meals a year on top of sheltering in and around 40,000 homeless people on a yearly basis, I started planning my first bake sale.
The bake sale was very successful. Our school of roughly 150 kids was able to raise over $300. Without a moment to spare, I went straight to Costco and bought large quantities of coffee, pancake mix, canned fruit and soup bases.
Since then, I have done presentations for every grade in my school to raise awareness by showing statistics, videos and telling true remarkable stories.
My school also went on a tour of the Siloam Mission building to get a deeper understanding of homelessness as well as to recognize the importance of continuing to give Siloam Mission our support and generosity.
Furthermore, I held two very successful clothing and food drives, collecting over 500 items. The items consisted of non-perishable foods, winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, soap, toothbrushes, etc.
I have periodically organized bake sales, collected money at the canteen and received a donation from the student council. With the amazing generosity of my school, so far we have raised over $1,000.
How I feel
I am overwhelmed by the continuous support and generosity that Siloam Mission and I receive from my family, school and community. I really couldn’t have accomplished all of these achievements without all of their help. It means the world to me when I receive e-mails from fellow students explaining how this project has not only affected their lives in a positive way but has given them the chance to go volunteer and keep helping.
Going to Siloam Mission and dropping off the items collected from fundraisers is a warm feeling of accomplishment and happiness. It’s peace of mind knowing that you were able to help contribute to those 300,000 healthy meals provided each year.
It’s always a joy touching base with the staff from Siloam Mission because they are all so kind and very thankful for all the donations.
I am happy to say there was a significant difference made in our community because of all the fundraising and awareness raised.
I couldn’t be happier with the turnout of this wonderful project. It has definitely become a passion of mine to help the less fortunate and I plan to continue my post secondary education in humanitarian studies. Needless to say, I have many ideas for the future.
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