November 14th, 2022 – Our community can help make the holidays merry and bright for those impacted by family violence by supporting the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society’s annual Christmas Hamper Program this season.
“No one should have to choose between safety, paying rent, or ensuring their child has a present under the tree,” said Natasha Carvalho, MHWSS Executive Director. “But that’s a choice that many fleeing family violence face. Those coming into shelter often arrive with just the clothes on their back and have limited financial means as they rebuild their lives after leaving shelter.”
The MHWSS Christmas Hamper program is more than 21 years old, and has grown from supporting a small number of families to over 100 individuals and families each year.
“It’s all about giving families the chance to build happy holiday memories,” said Carvalho. “Parents are involved by providing the opportunity to choose the gifts their child will receive, while we also assemble gift packages for adults. Each family also receives gift cards for groceries.”
To support the MHWSS Christmas Hamper Program, community members are invited to drop off donations of new toys and gifts (for all ages) or gift cards at Sun Valley Honda and Davis GMC Buick from now until December 20th. Financial donations are also appreciated, and can be made online at www.mhwss.ca or e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing a cheque payable to: Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society. Box 2500, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8G8
Full details, including a list of donation ideas can be found on our website here.
Statistics & Background Information:
Christmas Hamper program has existed for more than 21 years.
time frame, 1,729 adults and 2,950 children have accessed the program –
for a total of 4,679 people.
137 adults and 181 children accessed the program.
About The Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society:
The Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society supports individuals impacted by family violence by providing them with safe shelter, education, advocacy and access to community resources. We are committed to social change by providing programs and services that promote treating all people with respect and dignity.