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Twoonies for Teens

This story began with an email to one of our staff…

 My name is Andrew and I brought some stockings and some money down to Covenant House last Christmas.

 I am fundraising again this year and I thought you might like to see the video I am showing to my family, friends and the students at my school. I am collecting twoonies  only as I saw the need was greater for that than the stockings.

I am in grade nine this year and my new school (Inquiry Hub ) is a school of choice and it only has about 60 kids. It is an awesome school but small so my donations might be a lot smaller this year.

 I will do my best and send along whatever I collect, hopefully enough to be matched to make a better impact.

 Andrew

 For some background, Andrew was in foster care for the first 6 ½ years of his life before he was adopted by his “forever family”. He wanted to do something for others who have experienced some of the hardships he did.

Below is Andrew’s story…

 His adoptive mother Sandy runs a daycare. She provides before-school care and takes kids to school in the morning. She told us that she lines her kindergarten kids up outside before they go into school and gives each one of them a hug. Every day, Sandy noticed there was a little boy on his own who was watching her hug all the kids.

 This went on for a while, until one day the young boy tugged on her sleeve and asked, “Are you the Mom to all these kids?” Sandy explained that she was not, and that their parents had gone to work so she was in charge of taking them to school.

“Why do you hug them, then?” asked the little boy. “So that they know they are loved and cared for, and so I can wish them a good day because their moms and dads couldn’t be here,” she explained. The little boy thought about it for a minute and then he said, “Can you hug me?”

 Sandy told us that each day she dropped all her kids off, the little boy was alone and joined the hug lineup. After about a month, Sandy found out that he was in foster care. He was 6 ½  and had lived in a number of different homes. She told her husband about him and they started the process to adopt him and become his “forever family.” By the time he started grade 1, he was their son.

 Andrew chose to fundraise for Covenant House because so many of the young people who come to us have been in foster care.  Please support his fundraising page by clicking here.

Make Nice for Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day  was created when two Nova Scotia high school students supported a fellow student that was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt by also wearing pink (read the full story  here). From that moment of solidarity Pink Shirt Day was born and it allows all people to stand up to bullies everywhere by wearing pink.  Bullying continues to be a major concern in schools, workplaces and over the internet and it is important to raise awareness around this issue and say enough to bullies!  

The campaign this year, encourages everyone to “Make Nice”. We all have the capacity to be kind and compassionate, and this  slogan acts as a friendly reminder that no matter what our differences, being nice is always a choice worth making.   Be sure to use the hashtag #PinkShirtDay and share how you are making nice. 

Pink Shirt Day 2017 - Make Nice 

Album Release for Jazz Singer Maya Rae in Support of Homeless Youth

14-year-old jazz singer Maya Rae is not only incredibly talented but has a generous and kind spirit. On February 23, 2017 at Frankie's Jazz Club Maya will celebrate her Album Debut and all net proceeds from this event will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver. You can learn more about Maya Rae here and listen to a recent interview on CBC here.

Details:

When:
Thursday at 7PM - 10PM

Where:
Frankie's Jazz Club
765 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B2M4

Musicians:
Maya Rae – Vocals
Miles Black – Piano
Cory Weeds – Saxophone
Vince Mai – Trumpet
Joel Fountain – Drums
Andre Lachance - Bass

For more information click here, the show is 90% sold out but there are still a limited number of tickets at the door on the night of the show!

Album Release for Jazz Singer Maya Rae in Support of Homeless Youth

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