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Winter Warmth 2023

Registered Name: WOMEN'S CENTRE OF YORK REGION

Business No: 134859024RR0001

Winter Warmth 2023

Women Centre of York Region's Winter Warmth 2023 Campaign

Donate $25 to provide a gift card for a family to purchase waterproof hats and mitts!

Donate $50 to provide a gift card for a family to purchase a pair of winter boots!

Donate $75 to provide a gift card for a family to purchase a new coat!

Donate $100 to provide a gift card for a family to purchase a boots and a coat!

As the frosty embrace of winter approaches, so does the opportunity to make a heartwarming impact on our community. This is more than just a campaign; it's a chance to come together, share the warmth, and create lasting change for those in need. Join us as we kindle hope, compassion, and resilience during the chilly months.

Winter can be a challenging time for many, especially those facing financial difficulties, escaping abusive situations, or working to rebuild their lives. Over the last 5 years, gender-based violence has steadily increased across Ontario. So much so, on July 20, 2023, Toronto City Council declared intimate partner violence and gender-based violence an epidemic along with 44 other municipalities. This alarming surge is directly linked to the compounding effects of the pandemic, natural disasters, global crises, and the looming recession, which have placed considerable strain on family units.

As inflation and domestic violence continue to skyrocket, women need your help more than ever. The Winter Warmth campaign is our answer to the call for help. It's a way to extend a helping hand and show that our community cares deeply about the well-being of its members. Through Winter Warmth, women receive gift cards to purchase winter essentials, groceries, and small gifts for the children.

In 2022, the Winter Warmth campaign exceeded expectations. Thanks to your incredible support, we provided warm clothing, food, and essential supplies to 192 women and children. The impact of your contributions went beyond the physical items – you ignited hope and demonstrated that together, we can make a difference.

Our goal is to make an even bigger impact this year. Winter Warmth 2023 aims to:

Distribute Warmth: With your help, we'll distribute winter warmth packages that include gift cards to purchase winter clothing - enabling kids to play in the snow, groceries and small gifts to celebrate the holidays. These items not only provide physical comfort but also let individuals know that they are not alone.

Empower Resilience: We all enjoy shopping for our family members and picking the perfect gift, especially for our children. Gift cards enable women to experience that same joy. Alongside essential items, we offer workshops, counselling, and resources that empower women and families to regain control of their lives. We believe in providing tools for long-term change.

Winter Warmth is not just about providing physical warmth; it's about empowerment, kindling the flames of hope & resilience.

How You Can Make a Difference: 

  1. Donate: Your generous donations provide warmth and hope to those in need. Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a tangible impact. You can choose to sponsor a family or make a one-time gift. 
  2. Spread the Word: Share our Winter Warmth campaign with your friends, family, and on social media. The more people who know about our cause, the more lives we can touch.
  3. Sponsor a family with a group: Host a mini fundraiser among your friends or family and collect gift cards for a family.
  4. Engage your workplace or school: Ask peers or co-workers to participate by bringing in gift cards or donations & challenge another branch, department or business to participate too! 

Save the Dates: Mark your calendars for the October 1, 2023 campaign launch. The campaign will run until December 31, 2023. It's during these weeks that we have the opportunity to come together and create a winter filled with compassion, empowerment, and warmth.