timberland wellington boots Donation travelling 3000 kilometres to Onion Lake
The donation was facilitated by True North Aid, whose mandate is to serve and support northern indigenous communities within Canada with practical humanitarian support.
is a pilot project, ultimately to show the north that we care. That we are here to help. We want to serve and support any way that we can, and so it does hit home. We see the poverty in the north, we see the inequality and we have so much here in the south, so if we could be of assistance in any way to families and individuals that are in need, this is why we exist, said Ken Smid, national director, True North Aid.
began to tell me real stories of individuals in the community of Onion Lake, who were struggling to put shoes on their kid feet, with basic winter clothes and I saw her heart, he explained.
Naistus, who was raised in Onion Lake, said receiving the box of donations really meant a lot to the community.
heart is just overwhelmed about the giving of other people; that there are so many people who are so generous and giving, she said.
The items coming to the community, Naistus said will help make a difference for many families and individuals. She said those who end up being helped, she hopes they will pay it forward in the long run and continue with a giving tradition.
are many people in our community and other communities nearby who are struggling also, and we will be able to provide their basic needs too, said Naistus, adding how overall this donation will have a positive impact.
will help so many families and community members, there is also a number of families who have a difficult time making ends meet, and these donations will help families in various ways,
whether it be food, clothing, or even sports equipment, she explained.
When the idea of having more storage for a food and clothing bank came about, that when Smid suggested buying a box, filling it and sending it to the community.
I got back I thought had I said? What have I done? he said after he came back.
True North Aid then partnered with BigSteelBox, on the trucking and shipping of the container.
social responsibility is important, said Brian Hawkins, director of operations, BigSteelBox.
want to positively influence communities that we do business in and the surrounding areas we serve, so for us, it about when a need arises can we meet the need, is there something we can do to help, and if there is, we often feel a responsibility to do so.
After the partnership was formed Smid said he went to social media to spread the word in order to fill the 20 foot long container.
After a two to the three month period, the box was filled with donations coming from all over Ontario and donations from as far as Boston.
There is a variety of items such as dried food, toiletries, clothing, household items, sports equipment and school supplies.
hadn done a big community drive, I hadn organized anything major, and just through social media and networking we were able to fill it rather quickly, said Smid.
As usual, during this time of year he hoping last minute Lloyd yields more teams registered for the event from March 15 18 at the Lloydminster Golf Curling Centre.