Last year, I wrote about Sponsored Gifts for Women of The Downtown Eastside, I was new to the blogging sphere and didn’t know how to express my thoughts freely without fear.
This year, however, I’ve used to writing as solace for all my pain that I’ve hidden for 25 years.
When I sit and share the details of my childhood, I’m met with surprised faces and “I’m sorry”. It’s true, my family and I have been through hell and back – perhaps that is the reason why we never go a day without speaking or saying “I love you” to one another.
My father was addicted to drugs. Not only was he addicted to drugs, he was abusive, paranoid and made our lives a living hell. When your living with an abusive parent who’s addicted to drugs, you start to notice a pattern.
- You never stayed at the same school for longer than a year or (two max);
- You get used to hearing “back your bags, were leaving”;
- You get used to them calling your other parent vulgar names (in this case my mom was called every name under the sun);
- You felt numb when you saw abuse happen. It’s just another day;
- You learn not to get attached to anything or anyone;
- Friends were non existent (Thank god for my sister & brother); and
- You get used to not seeing them for long periods of time.
When my mom decided to leave my dad, we were left with nothing. We had to rebuild everything that was destroyed. We stayed in shelters, we ate at soup kitchens, and we learned to cherish everything that was given to us by those who were able. The people that were so generous and kind to give to my mother, when she finally found the courage and strength, are the people that made it easier for us to start our future.
When I was younger, I swore that when I had the opportunity to give back, I would. Thats why I cherish the Sponsor Gifts for the Women of the Downtown Eastside so dearly, and why I decided to be part of this sponsorship opportunity again. This sponsorship allows women from The downtown eastside to receive a beautiful gift this Holiday Season!
Each Gift includes a Botanical Personal care set including Shea Butter, hand cream & a Holiday body wash, cozy socks, hair ties, feminine hygiene products, New/Unused underwear from all beautifully put together with a handwritten card.
The price to cover the cost of each gift is $25 but you can donate any amount and sponsor as many gifts as you choose !
Our goal is to sponsor 200 gifts women who might not otherwise receive anything this year.Get in touch with myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or Danielle pure_safe_beneficial at email@example.com if you’d like to be involved !
Photography: M & HIM