Inspired by Wake-up Wednesday, an early morning weekly visit to the streets of Victoria with the Dandelion Society, Stephanie, a grade 11 student, wanted to do more. Together with her parents, she decided to create small care packages, each with a Christmas card included. Mr. and Mrs. Gilmour arrived at Shawnigan on Sunday morning with all of the items, and Stephanie, along with her housemates, got to work creating the special gifts.
After a long day of classes, Stephanie reported on her experience:
“Today I had the privilege of handing out comfort kits to people who are living in downtown Victoria. These 60 kits were provided through the generous donations from friends, family members, neighbours and every girl in Strathcona House. The rewarding part was helping Strath to form an assembly line to pack essential items like: gloves, socks, toothbrushes, granola bars and a unique item of hand warmers that generate heat for 10 hours! In reality, the most rewarding part was talking to Victoria’s vulnerable on the streets and to see them put on the gloves or shake the hand warmers to start the heat. I was honoured to shake hands and offer a comfort kit to so many. I don’t know who felt luckier today. I know that I’m ready to find more ways to involve our school and to help spread kindness.”
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.