By guest writer Chelsea Minhas.
For many, the holiday season sparks joy and an anticipation of times with loved ones, sweet treats and yummy meals, and gifts under the tree. But, for others in our community it can be lonely, sad, and traumatizing. Homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth are often amongst those forgotten during the holiday season.
Covenant House Vancouver (CHV) works with homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth ages 16-24. They offer a comprehensive continuum of care that includes Street Outreach, a Drop-In Centre, a 63-bed Crisis Program, and long term supportive transitional housing program. They have onsite Social Workers that work with young people on individualized plans, and Clinical Counsellors that offer one on one and group counselling.
Many community organizations including Covenant House depend on donations to bring the magic of the holiday season to those they serve. Because of the current pandemic, we are in a unique year and it will make it that much more challenging. CHV works hard to make the holidays special for the youth they support including a daily advent calendar, a Christmas Backpack for each youth, Christmas morning gifts, and stockings.
This year we want to encourage shopping local for your holiday donations. We have partnered with our friends at the Local Space to make it easy to add on a donation to your in person or online orders. This holiday season you will be able to purchase a $10 or $20 gift box, or make a monetary donation, that will go towards the purchase of items that will bring joy to a young person in the community.
If you would rather choose from the list below, The Local Space has so many wonderful gift ideas that would be loved by youth in need. Here is Santa’s Wishlist for CHV:
- K’Pure Essential Oil Sprays
- K’Pure Smooch Lip Balm
- K’Pure Face and Shower Washes
- Peregrine Supply Co Face and Body Products for Men
- Wildflower Design Earrings
- So Luxury Clean Hand Sanitizer
- I Luv It Natural Deoderant
- Solasta Chocolate
- Friday Sock Co Socks
- Unwrapped Life Shampoo Bars
- Supercrush Scrunchies and Superknots
- So luxury Salves
- Sealux Soaps
- The Penny Paper Co Notebooks
- Truffle Pig Chocolates
Thank you for your support, kindness and generosity towards homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth this Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and yours from Covenant House Vancouver and The Local Space.