WRAPPING AWAY- Volunteers Linda Goehring

Gift-wrapping supports women’s shelter

The Central Alberta Women’s Shelter is aiming to raise more than $10,000 in support of victims of domestic violence through a gift-wrapping campaign.

The service is located at the east entrance of Bower Place mall and runs through to Dec. 24.

“This time of year is important for the shelter,” said Tara Heppell, fund development manager.

“We receive the majority of financial support during the festive season and we are excited for the opportunity to have such a presence in a busy spot like Bower mall.

More than 120 volunteers have already signed up to help with wrapping gifts for shoppers. Donations are accepted for the service.

“Bower Place has been an outstanding community partner throughout the year, they truly understand the importance of providing compassionate care for women and children who are victims of serious criminal domestic violence.”

Heppell said funds raised will help support the 24-hour crisis helpline which gives victims and their families a lifeline wherever they may live in Central Alberta.

According to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, the local region has the highest rates of family violence in Canada.

And according to Children’s Services – Prevention of Violence and Bullying, since the age of 16, 51% of Canadian Women report having experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence. 

For more information, call 403-302-0234 or email theppell@cawes.com.


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