Organization lacking supplies for female clients
Robin Kuniski/For Metro Calgary
Maureen O’Connor, director of recourse development and communications for the Calgary Women’s Shelter, shows off some of the comfort items needed to help ease turmoil in the lives of women seeking help.
«Certainly most women and their children show up here with nothing because they left with nothing. It’s very comforting for them when they can put on new pajamas and get a good night sleep in a safe place. »
A good night’s sleep in a safe place in some new pajamas is all the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter want for its clients.
Unfortunately, the organization is running short of comfort supplies for its female clients such as pajamas, slippers and underwear, but generous Calgarians can make a difference.
Maureen O’Connor, director of resource development and communications for the shelter, told Metro such donations help make their client’s stay as comfortable as possible.
"Certainly most women and their children show up here with nothing because they left with nothing. It’s very comforting for them when they can put on new pajamas and get a good night sleep in a safe place," O’Connor said.
While the shelter is thankful for the supplies it receives, O’Connor stresses the importance that it can only receive new supplies.
"And don’t forget about the teenagers. A lot of people give things for adults and little kids, but we have teenagers here, too."
The shelter is also holding a unique fundraiser called Turning Points, which is being hailed as the city’s first ever non-gala.
"Instead of having silent auction items for people to take home we have necessities they can bid on to go towards the shelter such as kitchen chairs, cribs and diapers," O’Connor said.
Tickets for the event at the Westin are selling for $175 each and the shelter hopes to sell out the 600 tickets with the hope of raising domestic abuse awareness in the city.
For more information on the fundraiser, visit www.calgarywomensshelter.com. To donate items to the shelter, call to make arrangements at 539-5130.