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Halloween fun for Felicity

We are getting ready to celebrate Halloween at ROP, Felicity, one of the young ladies staying with us, stated she had not dressed up in years, but she wants to feel beautiful this Halloween. She also told me that she did not have the funds to buy a costume. I explained to her that together we could source some items and buy affordable things from craft stores to create something fun. Felicity decided she would like to be a Geisha.

Two weeks prior to Halloween, we researched images online and planned what we would need to buy to create the costume. We went shopping and bought small items to craft with. The week before we hand stitched and glued fake flowers, ribbon and chop sticks together to make some really cute and delicate head pieces. I lent her a silk purple robe with huge flowing arms, and we tied her waist with white satin she bought and a thick bright pink bow, which matched her headdress.

She did a trial run of her costume and make up and she looked so beautiful! I did a photo-shoot for her and another co-resident. I provided all the photos to them on a USB stick so that they can look back at that fun and creative night. Felicity is all set for a fun day tomorrow. 

Happy Halloween!

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Sleep Out: Student Edition makes a lasting impact of the lives of the LGCA community

On Friday, October 17 the Social Justice 12 students at Lions Gate Christian Academy took our challenge and slept out in support of homeless and at risk youth.

With nothing more than a sleeping bag and some cardboard, students spent the night on the gym floor.  Mike Spiliotopoulos, his fellow teachers and school administrators worked to make the night as uncomfortable as possible for the students to give them a real understanding of the challenges that homeless youth face on a daily basis. The students were only allowed to bring a sleeping bag to keep them warm.  No clean clothes, snacks or entertainment.  The staff played sound effects all night like cars passing by, loud bar patrons, meowing cats and garbage trucks passing by. 

The staff provided one small heater and hid small food items throughout the gym.  In an expression of the true meaning of community, the students pooled their resources together to make the night more comfortable for everyone, rather than for just one person.  They left in the morning knowing that they never want to go through something like that again, and with a deep understanding of our responsibility to help those less fortunate.

Together the school has raised $790, enough to provide shelter to one homeless youth for almost 3 full days! To support the fundraising efforts of Lions Gate Christian Academy Students please visit their website

Thank you to all the Lions Gate Christian Academy students, staff and parents that helped to make this amazing night possible!  We are extremely grateful!

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10,000 Dreams – Improving the lives of the homeless in our community

10,000 Dreams aims to improve the lives of the homeless in our communities – one dream at a time. Quilts Etc. and QE Home is a major sponsor of the 10,000 Dreams Project again this year. Through the efforts of their stores across Canada they will be donating 10,000 pillows to select community organizations that assist the homeless.

The Kerrisdale Village store has chosen Covenant House Vancouver and Union Gospel Mission as their charities of choice. You can support this wonderful campaign and Covenant House Vancouver by purchasing a dream bracelet at the Kerrisdale Village Quilt’s Etc. located at 2142 West 41st Ave.

So far through the sale of Dream Bracelets, the stores have raised nearly $6,000, collectively, for their community partners. Bracelets are only $2. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to each store’s selected community partners.

Bracelets are still available in many of the stores; the promotion has been extended through Sunday November 2.

To learn more click here.

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Volunteer groups make our donations area shine!

Our Gift-in-Kind department is very busy at this time of the year as we are blessed to get many clothing, household and food items donated. We have had some outstanding volunteer groups in over the last few weeks to help us sort and organize donations. In the picture you can see that there was a huge pile of donations to be tackled and the after shots show a clean and tidy donations area thanks to our volunteers.

We would like to extend our thanks to Deloitte, Forester’s Insurance, and the University of Utah’s Alternative Breaks Group for all their hard work!

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