Sunday #38: September 16, 2012 – An Appeal for the Bissell Centre

Writing a blog every week can be great for your writing regularity. It forces you to sit down and put your thoughts on e-paper. Writing a blog every week can also be a bit of a drain sometimes. Maybe you feel you have so much to say that you can’t choose one topic. Maybe you feel you have nothing to say at all. Maybe you feel you can say all you want but nobody’s really reading. At times during the last 37 weeks, I have held each of these attitudes.

Which is why I chose to write about the Bissell Centre in Edmonton this week. I hope at least one person will read this blog and do one small positive thing in response.

Bissell Centre is a charity in the city; its mission is to “work with others to empower people to move from poverty to prosperity.” It encourages people to take positive steps to help themselves move forward in their lives. It is that kind of spirit that I admire in a charity  because I believe in taking responsibility for where you are in life and doing what you can—with assistance if needed—to improve yourself and your life.

It came to my attention today that the Bissell Centre is in need of help from the community to help other members of the community. The basement of the centre’s east building at 10527 96th Street was one of numerous buildings in Edmonton that suffered flooding during storms we had this summer. The building included the food room, the kitchen and the community closet. As a result of flooding in July, many items destined for low-income families were destroyed. The centre needs help to restock these items, especially as winter is fast approaching, and as we all know winter here can be nasty.

Below is a list of some of the many items Bissell Centre urgently needs:

  • lightly used clothing, especially items for cold weather and men’s clothing more than others
  • outdoor winter gear (coats, mittens, scarves, hats, boots for all ages)
  • new underwear and socks for all ages
  • new personal hygiene items
  • blankets and sleeping bags

I hope that some people in Edmonton will read this and realize that with only a little effort they can help in some small way to ease the burden of others who are less fortunate.  For anyone who does want to lend a hand up, monetary donations are always accepted, and item donations can be dropped off at these locations:

Bissell Thrift Shoppe

8818 118 Avenue, Edmonton

Phone: 780.471.6644

Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

South Side Drop-off Location

5120 – 122 Street, Edmonton

Phone: 780.432.2377

Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

For more information on the Bissell Centre or how or what to donate, check out its website.

And if you read this and decide to help, please let me know.

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