Request for Spirit Bundle Donations
Anishnabeg Outreach is a not for profit that is Indigenous led and serves the Waterloo Region and Guelph area. There are approximately 50,000 Indigenous people living in the region. Anishnabeg Outreach would like to help and support all those in need with our Spirit Bundle Offerings.
We have currently secured about $20 in funding per family in crisis which will need to last many months. This is the reason we have partnered with food banks and other organizations to ensure some basic needs are met. Many of the people we will be helping will not qualify for the emergency or student assistance programs announced by the Federal government. Our support may be all that they will receive.
We are in the early phases of launching our ‘Spirit Bundle Offering’ of dry goods and other items to help First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and individuals. While this is at the preliminary stage, we are working with our donors, partners and friends to obtain a variety of items to create the bundles.
Most of the packages can be picked up (or delivered if needed) once a month unless more supplies are required. Food is available weekly for those who need it. Pet food (cat or dog) will be available monthly. Recipients will need to contact us to have their supplies topped out. We aim to provide contactless interactions as much as possible as well as adhering to social distancing guidelines (a full moose length away). Our program launch be the latter part of the week starting April 27.
Some of the things included in the care packages are cleaning supplies, traditional medicines such as cedar for tea and tobacco, Kleenex, toilet paper, activities and resources for children, reusable cloths, garbage bags, a binder of resources and other items. Donations such as bicycles for children, youth and adults, clothing and homemade face masks will be made available as they are donated to Anishnabeg Outreach.
Included in the bundle is a coloured card system for people to use to communicate with the outside community. This has been seen on many reserves and is a way for us to support the safety and well being of First Nations, Metis and Inuit community members.
While this is the preliminary stage, we are working continuously with our donors, partners and friends to obtain a variety of items to create the Spirit Bundle packages. As summer approaches and families spend more time together, we are trying to provide supports that help families be outdoors and engage with physical activity, which can improve well being.
To continue to augment and support families for an extended period, Anishnabeg Outreach is searching for the following items:
- Bicycles – children, youth and adult (new or used)
- Tricycles (new or used)
- Scooters (new or used)
- Child carriers for bikes (new or used)
- Helmets (new)
- Training wheels (new or used)
- Bicycle pumps (new or used)
- Bicycle repair parts (new or used)
- Gardening supplies (pots, seeds, etc.)
- Home made face masks
- Cleaning supplies (disinfectant, laundry soap, dish soap, unscented hand soap, garbage bags, etc.)
- Feminine hygiene products
- Toilet paper
- Children’s summer clothing (used or new)
- Diapers (other than new born size)
- Outdoor activity toys (balls, chalk, skipping ropes, hula hoops, etc.)
Items can be dropped off to our location at 236 Woodhaven, Kitchener. We have bins available in our front vestibule for contactless drop off. If need be, we can also pick up items from your ‘porch’.
We would also welcome a monetary donation to support this program if you are able. We are a registered charity and can offer charity receipts. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help support this program or need donations picked up, please contact Stephen at email@example.com or (226) 972-1900.
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