I Belong Bags (IBB) is committed to providing children in Crisis in the Calgary area with essential and comfort items to help restore their dignity. Parkdale is hosting a donation drive for this great organization one again this holiday season and we are inviting you to help out!
Their Facebook page has lots of great information, photos, and stories about their journey: https://www.facebook.com/ibelongbags
There are a number of ways for Parkdale residents and others to help out:
Donate essential items – Donate items from the list provided for children of all ages. This year they do not have need of any more bags (they have over 350 bags ready to be filled!) rather they ask the public to consider donating items from their wish list. In particular, they are in need of hygiene items (pads & tampons).
The full list of items & wish list is below & can also be found on the Parkdale website.
Donations can be new, or gently used. Please drop off your donations at the Parkdale Community Association from noon to 2:00pm on December 11th / 12th and 18th. (Nifty Fifties staff will also accept donations on our behalf Mon-Fri between 9-4pm.
*We hope to have all IBB donations on or before Sat Dec 18.
Other great ways to support I Belong Bags:
Amazon Wish List – always active and updated, this wish list is great if you prefer to shop online. The items are delivered directly to IBB to allow them to continue their great work.
Baby to Age 9 list: https://www.amazon.ca/hz/wishlist/ls/32FBX499HWE02?ref_=wl_share
Age 10 to Age 18 list: https://www.amazon.ca/hz/wishlist/ls/IUY282R8GWAA?ref_=wl_share
GoFundMe – monetary donations are always graciously accepted, especially to allow IBB to directly purchase specific items they need when packing bags – especially important at this time of year!
Link to GoFundMe campaign site: https://www.gofundme.com/f/uqaawy-i-belong-bags-dignity-for-children-in-crisis
Other Monetary Donations – we will also graciously accept other forms of money to help IBB in their cause: either cash, or cheques made out to “I Belong Bags”. Please bring donations to the Parkdale Community Association from noon to 2:00pm on December 11th / 12th and 18th.
We will also gladly accept your donation along the parade route during Santa’s sleigh ride through Parkdale on Sat Dec 4 from 130-230!