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This article was published 18/12/2017 (1281 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The philanthropy saga continues for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls advocate Tracie Leost.
The Winnipeg native, 19, whose previous achievements include running 115 kilometres from Oak Point to The Forks for MMIWG awareness in 2015, speaking at We Day Ottawa this past summer and being featured in Vogue for her activism work, has decided not to accept personal gifts from family and friends this Christmas.
Instead, she will only accept hygiene products, which she will donate to Winnipeggers in need this holiday season.
The idea came after watching a fellow classmate's presentation on donating hygiene products to shelters for women in one of her classes at the University of Regina.
"It kind of just clicked that hygiene products aren't accessible or affordable," Leost said. "I realize that being clean isn't a right, it's a privilege, but it's a privilege that everyone deserves."
While making her Christmas list, she realized there wasn't a single item she needed; instead she decided she would ask her friends and family members to purchase hygiene products that she could donate to a youth centre or homeless shelter in the city.
"Christmas is always a holiday about giving, and I wanted to do what I could to give back to the community," she said.
"Now that I live out of town, Christmas is more about coming home and spending time with family. It's not about receiving gifts."
Leost is also reaching out to the community and asking for donations of hygiene products. Anything from deodorant and toothpaste to feminine hygiene products and toilet paper will help.
"It's little things that you can do like this that make a huge difference in other people's lives," she said.
Winnipeggers interested in donating to Leost's drive can contact her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @TracieLeost.