Precious Sleep

Precious Sleep

Sleep is such a basic necessity and yet many people don’t get to enjoy a solid night’s rest. Hundreds of individuals within BC have a home but no bed, due to money.  Without proper sleep, our body and minds suffer. Children who are sleep deprived tend to fall behind in school and are more prone to depression and future addiction. So when the opportunity came along to help ship mattresses to those without, we were thrilled to help.

 

When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Your sleep will be sweet.” – Proverbs 3:24

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Soap For Hope Thank you story below. 

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What is more satisfying than coming home from a long, hard day and crawling into a cozy bed? In remote communities across BC, access to the comforts of home, such as a warm bed, sometimes presents a challenge. The lucky few that have the financial means are often faced with limited shipping capacity to their remote location.

Soap for Hope values communities coming together to help our vulnerable populations. We saw an opportunity for us to get creative and be a conduit between those that had mattresses and those that needed them.

 In late 2019 Recycle Smart reached out to us on behalf of The Westin Grand in Vancouver. They had nearly 100 quality mattresses they wanted to donate instead of them ending up in the landfill. Soap for Hope does not regularly work with mattresses, but we didn’t want to see this opportunity wasted. We reached out to our contacts at the Indigenous Policing branch of the RCMP to see if they had a need for mattresses in the communities they serve. The response was overwhelming, and all mattresses were spoken for in less than 24 hours. The need was there, now what?

One call to Diamond Delivery and Rick’s Heart Foundation and pickups were booked. Their support continued as they stored the mattresses for the weeks that followed as we worked vigorously coordinating, networking and calling in all favours; together we found a way to get these mattresses to people that needed them. Diamond Delivery and Rick’s Heart Foundation embodies connection, community and compassion. Their team worked tirelessly with the parties involved to coordinate delivery to sites across BC where RCMP officers could pick up and take them the rest of the way. 

This week Constable Jordan Mullen and Corporal Christopher Voller of the RCMP, shared with us the impact this project had in their community. 

“There were 30 mattresses delivered to Indigenous communities in Port Hardy. All mattresses were delivered by Constable Jordan MULLEN and Corporal Christopher VOLLER, which [they] picked up from Nanaimo. Each mattress went to a community member in need. One community member commented to police that she had been sleeping in a chair or on the floor. She, who was visibly emotional, expressed relief and gratitude as she has been having neck and back issues as a result of how/where she was sleeping. I can tell you that although this one person explained to us her poor living conditions, each person we delivered a mattress to was genuinely grateful for the foundation. From our observations of current living arrangements and from people’s expressions, it was clear that the mattresses would increase their quality of life.

We are grateful that we had the opportunity to participate in this. Everyone was welcoming and appreciative.”

Thank you to @thewestingrand @recyclesmart @rcmp @diamonddelivery and @ricksheartfoundationbc for rallying together and making this possible!

#gotsoap

#gotsoap

Enjoy this blog post from Soap For Hope. 

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” 
 
 – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Connection, collaboration and community are essentials to Soap for Hope Canada. We believe in taking care of our neighbors, sharing resources, and championing hope in the face of all that life brings our way. This month the demand for hygiene amenities (especially soap) has been higher than ever, leading us to look ‘outside the box’ for ways to meet the urgent needs of community facilities across the province. We are humbled by what that search has unearthed!

Back in November, RecycleSmart shared with us how Darin Rowse, in partnership with The Crossing and Creekside Community Church, had been saving discarded soap from the Fairmont Waterfront for over a year. They couldn’t stand the idea of so much quality, usable soap being sent to the landfill; there had to be a way for it to be used for good.

Fast-forward to this month where we are sending out supplies by the thousands while our supply has slowed to a trickle. We needed soap and we needed it now. 

With a few simple phone calls and emails, once again, our community had our back! Due to the quick and eager work of Darin Rowse, Creekside Community Church, The Crossing, U-Lock Mini Storage Burnaby, Fairmont Waterfront, RecycleSmart, Diamond Delivery and Rick’s Heart Foundation, 5 palled of soap were packed up on Friday and delivered to our warehouse by Monday afternoon.

That is roughly 375 boxes, 7500 pounds of soap!

It is because of community action such as this that we are able to provide essential hygiene products to over 125 community facilities in BC and dozens of remote Indigenous Communities throughout the province.

Thank you, Darin Rowse, Creekside Community Church, The Crossing, U-Lock Mini Storage Burnaby, Fairmont Waterfront and RecycleSmart for spearheading this incredible project and all your hard work in preparing the soap for shipment. This soap will serve the needs of thousands.

We would also like to say a special thank you to Diamond Delivery and Rick’s Heart Foundation for going above and beyond. When we called for help shipping these pallets, they didn’t hesitate to say yes, they made us a priority and rushed it from Burnaby to Soap for Hope on Vancouver Island. This self-less act of service went above and beyond the provision of all our day to day shipping to and from the lower mainland. We could not do what we do without them!   
#stopbullying

#stopbullying

The Rick’s Heart Foundation bunny painted the town pink in February to support the #anitbullying movement and #pinkshirtday. Bullying is never okay. 1 in 5 children are being bullied, it’s time to stand up, to speak up. This year the CKNW Kid’s Fund theme was ‘Lift each other up’ because when we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people. 

Our bunny has started popping up around the province, lifting up the community, stepping up and getting the conversation going. The bunny was first spotted in Whistler, BC skiing down the mountain. The next day the bunny was spotted at Soap For Hope in Victoria, BC, polishing up soap. Whenever you see the bunny please take is as a reminder to #bekind and to #beablessing to others.
Enjoy these photos of the first rare sitings of Rick’s Heart Foundation’s bunny. 

Keep an eye out for where the Rick’s Heart Foundation bunny will be next…

Canada – Uganda (CUSEM)

Canada – Uganda (CUSEM)

Glad to support the CUSEM’s Benefit and Awards Event on May 30th, 2020. Supporting those in Uganda gain better access to the support services they need, for their sporting careers to proceed. Thus bringing a brighter future to many young athlete’s in
Uganda.  To learn how you can get involved visit CUSEM.

Christmas Joy

Christmas Joy

Joy is such a valuable part of life and so many people go without it at Christmas time. For the second year in a row, we were blessed to sponsor several families from a low-income housing community in Vancouver, in partnership with Union Gospel Mission, to attend Bright Nights. The families enjoyed a night out at Bright Nights in Stanley Park and rode the Train together, seeing all the amazing light displays. Was an evening filled with laughter, memories and Christmas joy.

About Bright Nights

Vancouver’s Bright Nights has been running at Stanley Park since 1997 and is today one of Western Canada’s largest and most famous Christmas attractions.

Admission to Bright Nights is by donation with proceeds benefiting the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.  The Burn Fund does valuable work to support victims of fires and educates the public on fire safety. It also sends child burn victims to summer camps and provides support and accommodations to families of burn victims in the hospital. 

We look forward to sending more families next Christmas. Bringing more joy and supporting The Burn Fund at the same time!

Check out the below video to learn more about the Burn Fund.