Three days ago we set out to raise funds to build 7 ‘comfort packs’ for survivors of human trafficking supported by Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre. Each pack would contain a tote bag with a pair of jogging pants, a sweater, comfy socks, underwear, body wash and a $5 Tim Horton’s gift card.
Fast forward a few days and although we didn’t hit our pooled funds target of $455, because we received gifts through the Amazon wish list and a few donated items, we still hit our 7 comfort pack target. We had to pass on the Tim’s gift card but upped the ante by getting nice backpacks instead of tote bags.
Here’s the breakdown: awesome Troop members donated $390 through pooled funds and $38.88 through the Amazon wish list. One rock star neighbour also donated a bunch of new personal hygiene products, socks, and slippers, for a grand total of $465 raised.
And now, seven women will receive a small bag of comfort this week.
In addition to the comfort packs, we like to think we raised some awareness around the issue of human trafficking in Toronto. An issue that is often ignored or understated in the city as the United Way recently featured in an article through their LocalLove website.
Julie Moore, The Human Trafficking Program Coordinator at Boost is grateful for the contribution from Troop members and believes our small gesture can go a long way in supporting women trying to escape the world of trafficking.
A big thanks to everyone who helped out this week!