I was prompted to write this letter after a recent visit to the Penticton Women’s Centre. I was there for my own reasons. I watched a lot of people come and go. I was very saddened by their situations.
There were some that didn’t have phone service to make calls from home, there were some there to get help with court dates, and some that did not have a dime to their name and longed for some help, any help they could get. These are not people wanting to soak the system, these are your neighbours, maybe even your friends, desperately trying to find ways in an impoverished community to support their families.
I noted one woman who was in there in desperation just needing some shampoo, conditioner and soap which they stock from donations, daily necessities which many of us can take for granted. The sad thing is, she was so desperate for it and the stock was terribly depleted, she couldn’t even find one mini bottle that was full to take home. Apparently this is the situation more often than not. My heart went out to her. I thought, surely there is something simple we could do to help.
My idea is to make calls to different salons around the area and ask about the willingness to donate hair care and body care products to this Women’s Centre. I am hoping this letter will be the start.
I am pleading with people to make a difference in such a small way, that is huge for poverty-stricken women and men in our community. It only takes a small gesture to make a huge impact in someone’s life. If you are interested in making a donation, I would be happy to hear from you. Anything I receive, I will take directly to the Women’s Centre. I am asking salons and stores and anyone else who wants to make a difference in our community to give what they can.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help make a difference.