The Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre has been busy working on their Baskets of Joy Project for the holiday season. It is a personalized wish list for client families that are matched with a donor family or donor group. The list is broken up into needs and wants. An example of needs would include toiletries, diapers, wipes, clothing (especially for children), and winter clothing. Some families have special needs children and therefore require special needs items like a weighted blanket.
Suzaan DeKok with the Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre says, “We have had an overwhelming response from our community. When we asked for sponsors for Baskets of Joy. We even had a 13-year-old girl who reached out to us via her mom saying she would like to buy a basket for a family with her own money. “
The CPCC has been finding there is a higher demand for baskets this year as 32 families will be receiving baskets or gift cards this year as opposed to 22 last year. However, DeKok points out, “We had one family decline saying that they do not need a basket this year. This brings us great joy because it means they are flourishing even when it is hard times.”
The Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre has also teamed up with Ghost Crossing to provide frozen meals for their clients and they are so thankful for their support.
Bow Valley Baptist Church has been providing storage for the 32 Baskets of Joy and CAES has provided Teddy Bears.
The community of Cochrane has been so supportive, especially in this unprecedented year. DeKok says, “I am astounded how they have stepped up and given during a time when they may not have enough themselves.”
Thanks to the hard work and generosity of all those involved, the Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre’s Baskets of Joy Project will bring joy to 32 families in the area.