Giving back: Shepherds of Good Hope

All it takes to touch a life is willing people. That’s exactly how “Footprints” and “Hygiene for Homeless”, two homegrown initiatives hosted by Calvary Church in Ottawa, were created. Footprints provides lightly used shoes donated by individuals throughout the city to those in need at local shelters. Hygiene for Homeless collects new, travel size personal hygiene items brought in by the Calvary Church community, to build personal care kits and donate them to local shelters.

We got an account this month from Kathleen, a liaison who helps Calvary Church distribute contributions from projects such as Footprints, and Hygiene for Homeless to local shelters, relief areas, and overseas.

Kathleen picked up the Footprints donations after service on April 8th and passed them on to a local shelter representative named Gord. Kathleen picked up 25 men’s kits and 22 women’s kits for Hygiene for Homeless on April 22nd and brought them to a local shelter as well. Both initiatives are a positive experience for all involved and promise to continue to bless lives.

Keep storing up your lightly used shoes to make sure you are in step with the next opportunity to give to Footprints, or contact Calvary Church for a list of items you can collect to lend a helping hand through Hygiene for Homeless.

As volunteer Kathleen speculates, " I am sure that those living in shelters are grateful for the love and support.