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This afternoon we attended the Basketeers Luncheon and Fundraiser here in GTA. Basketeers is a great program helping out women who are leaving shelters and starting over. The idea is that donors fill big baskets with an assortment of items needed to start up a new household. It’s sending a helping hand in a way that says you’re important, you count, people care about you. We’ve been donating baskets for several years. If there is a chapter in your area, I encourage you to help out if you can.

A typical basket costs between $150 and $200 to fill. Some are donated by individual donors, others by groups of friends or coworkers. Cheryl Stoneburgh started this grassroots volunteer organization 20 years ago. In her first year, 14 baskets were donated to one woman’s shelter. Last year, 55 shelters were supported in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Cobb County, GA – that’s 1770 beautiful and useful baskets. Basketeers has assisted 18,786 women over the years with a new beginning basket.

You can find a list of Basketeers chapters on their website – Edmonton is a new addition this year. The website also tells you everything you need to know to prepare and donate a basket as well as the drop-off dates for each area. In GTA drop-off is November 23 so there is plenty of time.

Here are a couple pictures from the luncheon today…

…at our table with our friend Tonia

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