Boyle Street Community Services
PLUS our first annual diaper drive!
Back in August 2016 we dropped off some dessert pizzas (the Peach Pie) to the Edmonton Community Foundation where an event was being held by the ladies of Apricity to raise awareness and funds for the H.E.R. Pregnancy Program but also to CELEBRATE it. We learned more about the program here and knew it was one that we wanted to support through LOVEPIZZA Gives . That event was another reminder of how amazing Edmonton is and how thankful WE are to own a business in this community. I was introduced the the H.E.R Pregnancy Program by Sarah Chan, known around these parts as the "first lady of Edmonton" - the passion this lady has for the city and those in need are contagious. She is a gift to this city and is always getting involved in any way she can to make this place we all call home even better.
This LOVEPIZZA Gives week is one that hit my heart pretty hard.
When I found out I was pregnant with our son, my doctor started asking all of the routine questions. The one that will always stick with me was “do you have support”? Without even thinking for a second I said “Yes, amazing support” which I am so grateful for. And that really made me think about all of the women out there who have no one to guide, support or love them during pregnancy and post-partum.
When the H.E.R. program was really first layed out to me it came from a fellow mom – Sarah.. We swapped stories, had some good laughs – and then got down to what the H.E.R. pregnancy program was really about. Both of us were in tears within a minute or two. Sarah told me that many of these women have never seen a doctor until they actually went into labour, have no home and have no means to diaper or clothe their new baby. Many of these women are in a cycle living on the streets that they just can’t get out of. So they find themselves back on the streets right after the birth and in the same position again and again.
No woman should have to go through this once. Let alone multiple times.
Sarah also shared with me success stories from the program that perhaps made me cry even more. For example, one young woman who was in an abusive relationship and using meth. When she found out she was pregnant, she quit everything. She is now an employee of H.E.R. helping others get healthy for themselves and for their babies.
Sarah said to me “it’s not a sexy charity” – and it’s not. But it’s so important and it needs to be shared.
We made 1637 pizzas during that week so we donated $1640 to the H.E.R. Pregnancy Program. We also trekked through the mud in front of Boyle Street to drop off all of the diaper donations from the week - 35 boxes! Thanks to Amor from Apricity for helping us out and introducing us to the amazing women involved in the HER Program. Seeing that wall of beautiful moms and babies that the HER Pregnancy Program has helped really hit home.
And as a side note: the happiness and appreciation within Boyle Street is infectious. Those receiving services there are just happy to be breathing, eating and socializing. Makes you check your own issues at the door and REALLY appreciate the little things.
Dropping off all of the diapers at Boyle Street Services.