Support Women Leaving Shelters
Each year, violence and abuse drives more than 100,000 Canadian women and children out of their homes and into shelters. Basketeers is generous group of around 3,500 volunteers with large hearts. Our mission is to provide some of the simple necessities and niceties of life, bundled in a basket and gifted to women as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
More than more than 10,000 women have received a “New Beginnings” basket since 2000, and we continue to grow. In 2014, many individuals, families, friends, clubs, neighbourhoods and businesses created exactly 100 baskets for distribution to women ready to leave the Durham shelters that we represent. Last year, 128 beautifully wrapped baskets were donated. It is the overwhelming generosity of people living and working in our region that has given us the ability to reach out to help more women, and last year, a new shelter joined us. Durham Basketeers’ Drop-off Day is Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Greenbank Centennial Hall, 19965 Highway #12, Greenbank. Be part of this special day, bring your basket(s), stay for a while, enjoy some refreshments, visit with other Basketeers and meet representatives from our Region's four shelters. So mark your calendars and start spreading the word.
Attached is a photo of some of the baskets from last year's donations in Greenbank...a truly amazing day!
For those who would like to give a basket, please register on the website www.basketeers.org through the Give a Basket page. We are not a registered charity, every donated basket is a gift of encouragement and support for a woman as she transitions back into the community. 100% of your gift is passed on to a woman identified by one of our shelters. Fill a basket, fill your heart and send a powerful message of support to these courageous women.