Monday, November 7, 2011

Gift catalogue for homeless issued: Canada

A Charlottetown church is working with Grandmother's House women's shelter to make a few people's Christmases happier.

Calvary Church has issued a small catalogue of gifts for women at Grandmother's House. Using the catalogue people can purchase personal gifts, such as pajamas or a night at the movies, or practical gifts such as a hair cut or heating oil.

The house is run by the Native Council of P.E.I. for women who are temporarily homeless. Up to eight women can live there at any one time. Sherri Russell of Calvary Church visits there regularly.

"Most of us in the general population, we love Christmas. We love spending time with family, we love the presents, we love everything about it," said Russell.

"It's hard to know that some other people don't have that, so we want to give back a little bit of that to others."

Pam O'Neill, one of the home's managers, said the shelter, which receives no government funding, has been struggling financially. She believes the women staying at the shelter over Christmas will appreciate the gifts. more