The COVID-19 outbreak has had severe impacts on lives all over the world, with the pandemic disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations. In response to the pandemic, we, two sisters joined forces to assemble and distribute 350 care packages to community members in need.
We, Athena, 20, and Briana, 14, are co-founders of the student-led initiative, Gifts That Smile.
The past few months have been difficult for everyone, and we wanted to remind our community that we are here for each other. We decided to assemble hygiene care packages to ensure that people can access essential items during these challenging times.
Over the past few months, we worked hard from project initiation and planning, to project execution. Our group spent numerous hours on product research online and phone calls and emails to organizations to seek gifts-in-kind.
Now, more than ever, vulnerable populations need our support. We are grateful for the support that they have received, which has enabled us to make hundreds of packages.
We have delivered the comprehensive hygiene packages to patients and frontline heroes at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, at-risk and homeless youth at 360°kids, seniors at Chartwell Retirement Residences, New Unionville Home Society, and Social Services Network, and other vulnerable populations. More than providing them with essential items, they also provided a source of hope that brought the community together after months of challenges. This province-wide initiative is in the process of expanding to more communities of Ontario, Canada.
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