Warmth for a new start

Impact 2015

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Warmth for a new start

It was a Wednesday in the middle of November. The temperature had begun to dip into the single digits, indicating that colder weather was on the way.

That’s when three young ladies came to the CRC Clothing Program: “Veronica” the oldest sister, “Sharon”, the middle, and “Karima”, the youngest. They had just moved to Canada a couple of months earlier from Jamaica. Getting used to a new country and a new place hadn’t been easy and now they were about to experience their first Canadian winter.

They were fortunate enough to have housing, but they didn’t have any winter coats, boots or other warm clothes. And with limited resources, they didn’t know how they could get them.

My co-worker and I looked at each other, smiled, and the search began.

CRC fitted each one with winter coats, boots, scarves and gloves. In addition, we gave them warm sweaters, socks, and pants. And because they were setting up their first home, we were also able to supply them each with flannel bedsheets and a comforter, a few small kitchen appliances, plates, glasses, cutlery and some other small household items.

As they were packing everything up and getting ready to leave, Veronica began to cry. She said she was responsible for her sisters, didn’t know what to do, or where to go to get help. Someone referred her to CRC.

Now she was overwhelmed with how CRC had treated her and her sisters.

CRC gave them what they needed – with dignity and without judgement – making the difficult transition to a new home, a new city, and a new country for Veronica, Sharon, and Karima that much easier.

By Penny Berti, Clothing Program Worker


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