On Monday, November 25th at 7pm, St. Anne's will once again host a Shoebox Party to support the London Shoebox Project! Bring your friends and neighbours and come to this great event. The Shoebox Project provides shoebox sized presents filled with gifts for the marginalized and homeless women in our community. We ask that each box be worth approximately $50 and filled with items you would like to receive...warm items for our cold winters, chocolates, small denomination gift cards, toiletries, make-up etc. NEW ITEMS ONLY PLEASE.
Keeping Our Neighbours Warm This Advent
As in other years, we will be collecting, hats, mitts, scarves, socks, to give to our neighbours at Northview Public. The school continues to appreciate any support we can offer to their students. We are also collecting $10 grocery gift cards for the school to distribute to any families that may need additional support during the holiday season. These cards can be left in the office. Hats, mitts, scarves and socks can be left under the tree in the sanctuary on December 1st , December 8th and December 15th. Items will be taken over to the school Thank you for sharing as you are able. Rev’d Val.
Courage for Freedom
Did you know that every 30 second another person becomes a victim of human trafficking? Human slavery is the fastest growing organized crime in the world. It is a billion-dollar industry that is often hidden in plain sight and no community is immune to its existence. Our humanity and social fabric is at risk when girls are not safe, and that is why the group Courage for Freedom exists. At Courage for Freedom they educate, train, and certify front-line staff and community service providers with proven strategies and prevention tactics to serve vulnerable victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. They bring awareness to community agencies and personnel, government agencies, teachers and families who work or serve in a position of influence or care in this sector.
On Tuesday, July 30th, 13 of us from St Anne’s joined into the awareness-raising gathering sponsored by Canada’s leading experts in anti-human trafficking Courage for Freedom which took place at all the OnRoute venues along the 401 series of highways. We were at the Woodstock location with approximately 150 others joining into the event. We heard from the organizer Kelly Tallon Franklin and other local dignitaries and police agencies, as they pledged anew their efforts to both raise awareness of the presence of human trafficking in our communities, and how we can all be a part of supporting those already caught in and recovering from this horrific abuse. Those of us who attended would like to share more about this in the Fall. Please watch for more on this, and thanks to all who were able to attend.
PWRDF is an important outreach arm of the Diocese of Huron www.pwrdf.org
St. Paul's Daily Bread Program, a registered charity, is an ecumenical social service provider supported by over 50 London and area churches of various denominations, a number of service and fraternal organizations and hundreds of caring individuals on a regular ongoing basis. The Daily Bread Program is available to anyone need in the community who is in need and is one of the few agencies in London that offers emergency financial assistance in crisis situations pertaining to shelter and/or utilities cut off as funds permit.
Anglican Church Women (ACW) - The Bale
St. Anne's gathers donations of suitable, gently used washable clothing, sheets and towels and toiletries and sends them to the northern Diocese of Keewatin for the many individuals, families, communities and programs (safe shelters, rehab, and hospital) who rely on several agencies for support. The Diocese of Keewatin includes 45 parishes in the central region of Canada straddling the border of the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario and comprising over 900,000 sq kilometres.