For the teenagers who use Edmonton’s Youth Emergency Shelter, winters are especially challenging times. To help out during these difficult months, the members of CUPE Local 4625 (Sturgeon School Division) are doing their part to make sure the city’s homeless kids have some protection from the elements. Support staff from each of the Sturgeon Schools have collected more than a dozen large boxes of hats, mitts, and scarves to be donated to the Shelter this week.
“We wanted to do something for teenagers, who often get left out of charity campaigns this type of year,” said Debi Thomas, President CUPE Local 4625. “People are thinking of little ones, or visiting with the elderly, but we don’t always think about the teenagers on our streets that don’t have a warm bed to climb into at night.”
“When I think about these kids,” she continued “I can’t help but feel … what if it was one of ours?”
The donation will be made to the Youth Emergency Shelter by Marilyn Davidson and Gail Makay on Wednesday, December 5th at 4:00pm. The Shelter – which is at 9310 82 Ave – has worked with more than 10,000 youth. It can house up to 28 teenagers at a time.
“We’re extremely proud of Local 4625,” says CUPE Alberta President D’Arcy Lanovaz. “Such a large donation of such crucial items will really make a difference to the clients of the Youth Emergency Shelter”.For more information contact:
President, CUPE Local 4625