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We Need Your Help to Fill our Christmas Backpacks

This holiday season, 275 homeless youth ages 16-24 will receive backpacks full of gifts at our Annual Youth Christmas Party. Please help us give them the Christmas they deserve!

Top Needed Items for Christmas Backpacks (new only please):

Most Needed Items: We have We Need
Men's Boxers 196 284
Backpacks 5 270
Umbrellas 8 267
Nail Clippers 10 265
Gloves 62 265
Women's Razors 65 165
Men's Face Wash (300 ml) 0 160
Face Cloth 4 156
Lip Balm 121 154
Hair Gel (300 ml) 7 153
Men's Body Wash (300 ml) 19 141
Women's 2 in 1 Shampoo/Conditioner 3 112
Hair Elastics (full pack) 4 111
Women's Shaving Cream 10 105
Men's Deodorant 55 105
Women's Toques 11 104
Loofa 12 103
Women's Body Wash (300 ml) 15 100
Women's Hoodies 45 70
Women's Face Wash 55 60

For more information and a complete list of what we need for our Christmas backpack program click here.

Questions or for more information please contact:
Amy Cotton 604-639-8937

image of our Christmas Backpacks

Hidden Beauty - youth artwork with a statement from artist

"They say that Tigers are one of the most beautiful animals on Earth; the way it's fur stays rich with color and way that it hunts, and uses it's skills to survive.  Yet in the same breath, they say that Tigers are one of the most dangerous animals; their fierce roar, sharp claws and a jaw that can break your bones.  Even though the Tiger has it's negative and scary characteristics, we still call it beautiful...Because it is how we see the Tiger.  Just like life, if you view it in such a negative way, where you are afraid, and unsure then you won't see it as beautiful, but instead fearful and confusing.  The painting made in water color and ink is to represent the way that we look at life.  That even the scariest things can also be the most beautiful.  That is why the eyes of the Tiger are hidden by the flowers, because to many people flowers represent peace and serenity.  The Tiger represents us (the ones that people fear or think negatively about), homeless youth.  But just like the Tiger, we are beautiful, talented, skilled and resilient, because we wake up every morning on the hunt to find our path in this world." - Rae-Anne

Rae-Anne's artwork Hidden Beauty


You’re invited to go ‘Casual for Covenant House’ on Monday December 1st!

Casual Day is held in support of our ‘Give a Day Build a Life’ Campaign.  Our goal is to cover all the costs involved with running Covenant House’s transitional living program – the Rights of Passage – for the entire month of December.
Suggested sticker price: $5 for businesses/offices; $3 for schools. We supply the stickers and posters – just let us know how many you’d like! If December 1st doesn’t work for your group you are more than welcome to participate on a different day.
For more info or to order your Casual Day stickers please contact:
Mark Savard – Development Officer, Community Giving
Tel 604-639-8922

casual for covenant house 

Local Executives Slept Out for Covenant House

Last night, 39 local executives, community leaders and celebrities slept outside in solidarity with the hundreds of young people who call Vancouver’s streets home, to raise funds for Covenant House Vancouver’s Crisis Program.

Bob Lenarduzzi (President, Vancouver Whitecaps), Dennis Skulsky (President & CEO, BC Lions), Interior Designer Jillian Harris, and several local media personalities were joined by 35 other sleepers who together raised $385,374 for our Crisis Program. The lead fundraiser, Sheldon Vance, was once a client of Covenant House, and kicked off the campaign with a gift of $25,000 which was followed by an additional $28,000 donated by private donations. 

The evening began with the participants sitting down to a wonderful dinner prepared by Covenant House’s kitchen staff (who prepare over 100,000 meals each year). Then, the sleepers participated in roundtable discussions with Covenant House youth who shared their personal experiences and provided tips for braving the elements.  

Unlike previous years which were below freezing, last night was very wet. Of the 39 sleepers, 6 stayed out the entire night, soaked right through.  Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi slept out for the 3rd time and commented that the rain made it a totally different experience.

After waking up this morning (many didn’t get much sleep), the participants acknowledged that sleeping outside for one night does not compare to what it is really like for youth who must do so night after night, some while holding down a job and going to school.  The sleepers did however, get a glimpse into experiencing the cold and wet, feeling exposed and vulnerable out in the open.  

A huge thank you to all of our sleepers!

raining sleep out 2014

sleep out 2014

group shot from sleep out 2014



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