Haldimand-Norfolk Women’s Services

Haldimand Norfolk Women’s Services does so much for our community.

They offer so many important and needed services and supports, from their Shelter, Child and Youth and Highschool programs, Urgent Care, 24/7 Crisis Support, Legal Advocacy and so much more.

They rely on donations from the community to provide the support that they do, especially during the holidays. We found out that they were running a Toy Drive, so we went shopping and donated the items to help them ensure a few more happy holidays. In addition to toys, they always welcome food donations, toiletries, personal care, and bedding.

While we were there talking with the team, we learned of a few items that they tend not to get as much of that would be helpful to them. We thought we’d share these items in case anyone else in our community is looking for a meaningful way to give back this holiday season…

Gifts for Teenagers

Any kind of self-care items – robe, slippers, makeup, nail polish, etc.

Wrapping Papers and Bows

They accept new, unwrapped toys and gifts, which allows their clients to come in and ‘shop’ to select the items best for their children. Then, they get to wrap it themselves.

‘Treat’ Food Items

Through their funding, they can only purchase items within Canada’s Nutrition Guidelines. They made the great point that after a stressful day, many people tend to want to enjoy a bag of chips or some chocolate, so those little ‘extras’ go a long way in helping their clients to feel comforted.

You can also show your support by purchasing from the Women Folk Collection, available at the following women run businesses around Norfolk:

  • Absolute Respiratory
  • Awaken Day Spa
  • Liberty Home and Gift Boutique
  • Ritzy’s Bakery and Deli
  • Little Local
  • Wholesome Pickins
  • Escape By The Bay

Or show that you are Wrapped in Courage by purchasing and wearing a purple scarf in November. Learn more, or find your scarf HERE.

“It takes a whole community wrapping them in courage as well, and providing additional support for them.”

We’re so grateful to have been given the opportunity to get such a hands-on tour of their facility and an educational experience from them during our visit. It allowed us to see firsthand the impact they have on so many.

Check out their website to learn more about the valued work that they do for our community :

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