Good news for a downtown eastside women’s shelter that had to throw out 20 boxes of donations after a sewage-back-up caused a leak on Monday.
Executive director of the Wish Drop-in Centre Society Mebrat Beyene says in just six days the local community has stepped up to make-up for the donations lost and more.
“We’re doing really well. I’m so pleased with how everyone has responded. And it’s not just cash donations, which is very critical at this time of year. But also people just calling and asking how they can help. So, our neighbors at Atira Women’s Society, at the downtown eastside women’s Centre, even at Science World…all of these neighbors calling to ask what they can do…make office space, desks spaces, others offering up storage space.”
In a short amount of time, the shelter says it’s on its way to replacing almost everything ruined.
“It’s been great to see how everyone has rallied around Wish. People are already re-collecting things for Wish, we’re going to get a lot of that back. People are already going through their basement and through their closets looking for things they can give, so we can hand them back out to the women
She says in just six days, the organization has received around eight thousand dollars in cash donations since the flood on Monday.