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The Coast - - HOLIDAY PLANNER - BY RE­BECCA DINGWELL

The Shoe­box Project The Shoe­box Project for Shel­ters be­gan in Toronto in 2011 and the Hal­i­fax branch started up the fol­low­ing year. Since then, it’s con­tin­ued to grow. The idea is to dec­o­rate shoe­boxes and full them with toi­letries and lit­tle lux­u­ries women liv­ing with low-in­come or liv­ing in shel­ters can’t al­ways af­ford. The dead­line for this year is Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9, so hop to it. You can find prod­uct sug­ges­tions and drop-off lo­ca­tions on the project’s web­site. shoe­box­pro­ject.com/hal­i­fax.html Avalon Sex­ual As­sault Cen­tre The per­va­sive­ness of sex­ual as­sault and other in­stances of vi­o­lence against women is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly present in the news. While it’s pos­i­tive these things are get­ting at­ten­tion, the sto­ries can be shitty to read. Avalon Sex­ual As­sault Cen­tre is one of the lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions help­ing sur­vivors of sex­ual as­sault, and you can help them too. aval­on­cen­tre.ca/do­nate

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of the Cold This vol­un­teer-run or­ga­ni­za­tion helps pro­vide peo­ple with shel­ter and sup­port as the tem­per­a­ture out­side drops and it is open for the 2017/2018 sea­son as of De­cem­ber 1. Mone­tary do­na­tions or items on the “sup­plies needed” list are ac­cepted. out­ofthecold­hal­i­fax.org/do­nate.php

MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON

A Shoe­box Project pack­ing party.

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