As we celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week, members of Squamish Multifaith Association got together for a very “hands on” – service project. Our group decided to gather supplies and put together hygiene gift bags for women and children staying at Pearl’s Place.
The idea was generated at our January 24thannual general meeting as we learned through United Religion Initiative that this week was happening throughout the world. Friends from LDS shared that their community planned on doing something in support of women in need during the first week in February. Other members of the association agreed to join with them and support an effort for our local transition house. The word was spread that donations and supplies were needed and those wishing to help could join us on Monday February 05th.
Friends from different faith groups got together and shared supper at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and set to work assembling the gift bags. With the help of individuals and Faith Group contributions we were able to put together 40 care packages containing supplies such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, washcloths, feminine hygiene products and underwear.
Pearl’s Place Transition House, located in Squamish, is a safe environment for women and children who are leaving abusive relationships or at risk of experiencing violence and otherwise unsafe living conditions. Women often arrive in emergency situations with little in the way of supplies. By putting some basic care products together in gift bags we hope to send the message that we care and support them in this time of uncertainty.