Manitoba charities hope for help on Giving Tuesday – Winnipeg

Manitoba charities are hoping for help on Giving Tuesday this holiday season.

Giving Tuesday is a chance for people to give back to the community ahead of the holidays and there are certainly plenty of charities that could use that help.

« Whether it’s your time as a volunteer, whether it’s your funds through a monetary donation or, in Harvest’s case, your food, which we always need at any time of the year, » said Vince Barletta. , President of Harvest Manitoba.

The group typically distributes about 11,000 food baskets to families in need per month, but now that need has grown to 15,000 and more than 90,000 people visit Harvest Manitoba each month, nearly 50% of whom are children, according to Bartletta.

« They cover the spectrum of people who already have mental health issues, physical health issues, disabilities, along with a whole host of other challenges. »

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People can help Harvest this year by donating food or volunteering their time. Harvest Manitoba also accepts cash donations to help run its trucks.

The group operates on a ratio of $1 cash to $10 food and Barletta hopes people will donate what they can this year to help get things done.

“We are able to leverage these funds to do retail food recovery. We are able to work directly with producer groups and do our food drives throughout the community. »

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Harvest Manitoba isn’t the only organization needing help, as Siloam Mission is also hoping for help, especially with the colder weather.

This group works around the clock to provide help and support to people experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg. Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud, CEO of Siloam Mission, said the organization is seeing a surge in shelter use.

« We’re definitely seeing an increase in that need, » Blaikie Whitecloud said. “These are people who are housed and who have done it. Inflation just made a difference to them, and so maybe last year they were able to give away their winter coat, and this year they’re like, « Oh, I don’t have one not. »

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The organization offers many resources to help people in difficulty. Blaikie Whitecloud said Siloam Mission provides meals, clothing, programs, medical care and other necessities. « Really, you can’t survive the Winnipeg winter without them. »

Siloam Mission has many success stories and Blaikie Whitecloud came to 680 CJOB to share the story of Trisha who had fled an abusive relationship.

“She received the support she needed to find new accommodation and eventually regain custody of her children, reunite and return to school. She works and is now housed and her children will not know this experience of homelessness.

By offering support to someone today, people can change a generational impact, Whitecloud said.

People can help by volunteering, donating, and being kinder to those in need.

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Giving Tuesday: HSC IICU

Additionally, the HSC foundation raises funds to help patients who spend time in the intermediate intensive care unit.

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This unit is for those who are more medically stable and don’t need intensive care-level care, but are still on a ventilator and need help getting off, told Global News HSC physiotherapist Shannon Smith.

“I offer rehabilitation to these patients, which often involves early mobility,” she said. The foundation has requested that new equipment be updated in the unit to aid in the recovery of patients.

The new equipment will offer many positive changes for both patients and CSS staff.

« It’s assisted mobility, so it helps reduce the risk of falls and if there is a fall, it will help keep that patient safer and staff safer. »

People can donate on Tuesday and their money will actually go further as other organizations match certain totals to help increase donations.

All information regarding donation bumps can be found on the CSS website.

Finally, the Canadian Cancer Society also gives people the opportunity to double the impact of their donations.

« Your donations through midnight tonight will be matched up to $50,000, thanks to an anonymous donor, » Barbara Acampado-Kay of the Canadian Cancer Society said Tuesday.

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Donations will fund vital research as well as provide transportation for patient appointments and many other services.

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