POWER OF HOPE Pyjama and Stuffed Toy Campaign
Power of Hope makes a difference locally for children and families in need in Waterloo, Wellington and Oxford counties.
Each year Power of Hope holds a Pyjama and Stuffed Toy campaign. In Tillsonburg, Indigo Lounge at 264 Tillson Avenue has stepped up as a drop-off depot.
Power of Hope Community Organization is a registered charity that helps families in the communities of Oxford County, Waterloo Region, Wellington County, and Perth County. Their website is powerofhopeontario.ca.
Through the generosity of friends, families, businesses and fundraising donors, Power of Hope provides essential items needed by families – women and children – in crisis. Their mission is to provide support with compassion and integrity. Some of the items donated to people at crisis shelters included pyjamas, toiletries, towels and stuffed toys.
"We did it last year too," said Indigo Lounge owner Kelly Spencer. "We're kind of ambassadors here, with Karen Geerts, in the sense that we offered to be a depot centre for Tillsonburg."
New PJ's and stuffed toys, toiletries and towels can be dropped off any time at Indigo, and they will be collected by Power of Hope before Christmas.
"As well as slippers and socks," said Spencer. "And we need items of all sizes – often people donate these really adorable 'little people' pyjamas, but sometimes the families that come in will have a 14-year-old daughter with them. So... women's sizes, or older boys or older girls sizes are needed as well."
New items are welcome, she said, but Teddy Bears, used but in excellent condition, might be an exception.
"It's something that feels good to them, it give them something to hold."
Although the campaign is geared toward the Christmas season, Spencer said the PJ and Stuffed Toy collection could continue year round.
"We've actually had some people drop off some summer pyjamas as well because the idea is, these kids and families come into shelters often in an emergency situation, and don't have basic needs."
Last year, Spencer said more than 100 pairs of pyjamas and stuffed toys were collected in Tillsonburg.
"Over 100," she nodded. "It was awesome."