Wednesday , 21 October 2020

Local campaign lending a helping hand to Border City children

A Holy Rosary student is throwing out her helping hand to kids in the Border City.

The Helping Hands campaign is providing winter gloves to children living in shelters in and around the community.

Kashy Antonio, a Grade 12 Holy Rosary student, organized the initiative after taking part in EveryChildNow’s Teen Summer Fellowship.

Youths in the program learned leadership, marketing and public-speaking skills before being tasked with creating a campaign to help improve the community.

Antonio said she decided to create Helping Hands to literally lend less fortunate children a helping hand as the weather begins to cool down.

“I wanted to do something meaningful and make an impact on the community, and I hope to do so with this campaign.”

Along with collecting store-bought and gently-used gloves, the campaign also has a GoFundMe that collects money to purchase more gloves if people don’t have a pair to donate.

As a part of the campaign, Antonio has organized a Fall Photoshoot Fundraiser.

Students at Holy Rosary will have the opportunity to volunteer at the event and collect stewardship hours.

Antonio stated that if the campaign was successful, EveryChildNow would collect an information package from her and distribute the campaign to other areas.

She added the community has already expressed their intention to contribute to the cause and support her endeavours.

“It makes me so happy that people are responding and they want to help. I didn’t think it would get as much exposure as it’s receiving, but people in Lloydminster are very helpful, and that was great to see with this campaign.”

Anyone who would like to support the Helping Hands campaign can follow @helpinghandslloydminster on Instagram, make a glove donation at Holy Rosary High School or include cash contributions on the campaigns GoFundMe page.

EveryChildNow is a youth-run non-profit organization that focuses on child social justice.

About Elliott Knopp

Elliott is a graduate from NAIT's Television Broadcast program. He has broadcast experience in football, basketball and hockey. He has spent nearly his entire life living in Edmonton, but has recently moved to Lloydminster for his career. He has an undying passion for CFL/NFL football, hot wings and Flaming Hot Cheetos. He loves playing fantasy football but has never won a championship.

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