It is funny how everything seems to come together at Christmas time!
Newest SI DAF member, Cheri DeMenna was telling a friend Jane about her joining Soroptimist International. It turns out that her friend had a ‘conflicted’ background and she appreciates the work SI and similar organizations do. Jane, who wanted to ‘give back’, asked Cheri if she would be able to help her by distributing some Avon product gift bags to women who may otherwise not have a gift on Christmas morning. So Cheri emailed Sandy about where we could direct these. Sandy first directed Cheri to Drummond House, a local women’s transitional home in Waterdown. Executive Director Debbie Tigchelaar gratefully accepted 5 of these for their residents and also gave Cheri a tour of the facility.
The other place Sandy suggested was Interval House, a crisis shelter for abused women & their children, that serves our communities. Just so happens that Sandy was needing to visit Clare Freeman, the executive director, with a donation of her own so they decided a visit & tour of that facility was in order. They were joined by SI DAF member Lynda Switzer who just so happened to have a large number of ‘Franklin the Turtle’ children’s books that needed to be enjoyed by young readers. Clare treated us to a full tour of the facility along with some short informative video’s and we returned the favour by donating $500.00 in cash, 15 gift bags, large number of Franklin books and a number of stuffed animals!