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Women’s Law Forum: Kindred House Hamper Drive

Kate Andress (2L)

Edmonton just had its first snowfall, which means it’s almost time for 1) snowball fights, 2) late night study sessions, and 3) Women’s Law Forum’s (WLF) holiday hampers.

It seems like just yesterday that Ariel Lekas and Steve Morrison took home the title of Minute to Win it champions. They annihilated their competition while completing ridiculous tasks such as navigating cookies from their foreheads, and carrying candy up a pencil elevator. With Minute to Win it behind us, WLF members are now seeking items which can be donated to Kindred House this holiday season, and we need your help!

Kindred House is a safe house provided by Boyle McCauley Health Centre. Tucked away in inner city Edmonton, it offers a safe and supportive environment for women and trans* individuals involved in the sex trade. Kindred House follows a harm reduction model, which means it strives to serve its clients as they are and not push them to make changes. It provides them with meals, personal hygiene items, support services, a place of rest, and a welcoming atmosphere. The clients at Kindred House also have weekly in-house access to a health advocate, an STI nurse, and the lovely folks at Student Legal Services.

WLF and Kindred House have had a relationship for over ten years. Shawna Hohendroff, Kindred House Executive Director, states that Kindred House’s clients do not trust people to stick around due to past experiences. This makes the long-standing partnership between WLF and Kindred House especially meaningful.

Every December, WLF organizes a holiday hamper drive for Kindred House. You can help us by rummaging through your home for:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Personal hygiene items (Take all the mini shampoo bottles you can from hotels!)
  • Clothing (While all donations are appreciated, Kindred House admits that the clothing donated by us…ahem…spritely young women is a big hit compared to the donations Grandma sends when she cleans out her closet.)
  • Gift items (For example, that Taylor Swift CD that is still in its cellophane wrapping because you pretend you don’t love her music.)

Donations can be placed in the large gift-wrapped boxes in the Gavel, library, and 4th floor.

Don’t have any extra items, but still want to support the cause? Last year, a group of 1L students fundraised $520 which WLF used to purchase 50 gifts for Kindred House’s clients. This year, the 1L class hopes to “out-fundraise” last year’s class and will be given much deserved bragging rights should they succeed.

Please consider supporting this initiative because everyone should have a gift to unwrap during the holidays. With your support, we can give 50 gifts to Edmonton’s most marginalized individuals.