OUR FAMILY SHELTER, Rotholme Women’s & Family Shelter assists families of all shapes and sizes by providing emergency shelter, support and housing assistance in a caring and safe environment. Every August we hold a “Back to School Campaign” for supplies needed by school age children who stay at Rotholme not just in September, but all year round. It’s important to do this and we’re glad to say we can thanks to our donors.
We enlisted the help of the Country 104 FM Summer Cruiser to pick up donation items. We asked, and our community responded with abundant generosity. “We don’t know exactly where it all came from, but we’re grateful for it,” says Caseworker Mariana Karatzas. Donations included many expected items such as back packs, lunch bags, notebooks, binders, paper, pencil cases and several items to fill them with.
As well, numerous snack items were donated by a teacher. “She knows how important healthy school lunches are. Given that Rotholme had over 20 children returning to school September second, she and her family wanted to ensure that our parent clients had enough snacks to fill lunch bags for a month at least,” says Karatzas.