Rotaract steps up to bring comfort to victims of violence

by | Nov 10, 2023

Woodstock club donates to the ‘We’re Here For You’ Comfort Kit Project

The young members of the Rotaract Club of Woodstock stepped up last month to help a local non-profit deliver comfort to victims of violence.

Rotaract’s director of communications, Mandy Scott, said the club raised more than $2,000 in donations to support We’re Here For You – Comfort Kit Project.

The charitable organization, founded by Sarah Sherman, works with emergency rooms and Forensic Nurse Examiners to deliver comfort kits to victims of sexual, intimate-partner and family violence.

Scott said the Rotaract donation included $500 from the club, another $500 from the Woodstock Baptist Church. and an additional $50 from various sources.

She said local businesses supported the Rotaract Club with donations of gift certificates and products for the comfort kits.

Scott said FMI Franchises in Woodstock provided 30 $15 Burger King gift certificates, and McDonald’s provided a $200 donation in the form of 15 Value Meal coupons.

She said Woodstock dentist Dr. Kent Orlando donated toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss for $144 kits.

Best Western Woodstock provided 200 bottles each of shampoo and conditioner.

Scott said Rotaract used the funds to purchase items for kits. On Oct. 12, she added, Rotaract members and volunteers joined We’re Here For You founder and coordinator Sherman and administrative assistant Heather Neison-Furrow at the AYR Motor Centre to package the items into kits.

Sherman said We’re Here For You has provided kits to Upper River Valley Hospital, Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton and the Saint John Regional Hospitals, and now has some to deliver to Moncton and Miramichi.

“Our big goal is to raise funds to reach non-profit charitable status, so we have several small fundraisers going on and a big one to announce soon,” Sherman said.

For more information about We’re Here For You — Comfort Kits, check out its Facebook page at (20+) We’re Here For You – Comfort Kit Project | Facebook

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