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Creating lasting memories this Mother’s Day

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(L-R) CDI staff members Judy White and Tammy MacDougall assisted Vivien Cappe, CDI Board member and long-time donor, with assembling Mother’s Day bags for families living in CDI-partner shelters.

On April 25, Vivien Cappe organized  a team of mothers whose children attend Upper Canada College to prepare hundreds of gift bags for the women in CDI’s Family Violence Services programs. For the last 10 years, these carefully-assembled packages have been given to children living in CDI-partner shelters to present to their mothers on Mother’s Day.

Women living in CDI-partner shelters have experienced women abuse and are dealing with associated trauma-related issues.

“The moms in shelter are in crisis situations, and many of them don’t have the time or money to focus on self-care,” says Alison Robinette, Child and Family Clinician with CDI’s Shelter Program. “These bags are so important for moms because they are a special gesture that shows they are loved and appreciated. It is so lovely to see this initiative continue to celebrate mothers every year.”

Thank you to the all the volunteers who are making Mother’s Day special for our families. We appreciate the generous support of Lorne H. Memory with Hunter Amenities International Ltd., who donated toiletries, and Simone Odendaal and Verena Dong, who provided beautiful handmade, organic soaps for the gift bags.

To learn more about CDI’s Family Violence programs, click here.