The Russell
New Westminster, British Columbia

The Russell Housing Centre's shelter component is a 24-hour, minimal-barrier facility for up to 15 men aged 19 and older. It is a men-only shelter with homeless women supported by the nearby Elizabeth Fry Society shelter, also located in New Westminster. Donations are a simple way to have direct impact in the life of someone who is homeless.

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  • The Russell, 740 Carnavon St New Westminster , Wrapping instructions: Please include the name, ID# (Assigned ID), a description of the gift, the size of the gift, and name of the shelter. Dropoff Details: Please have the following: -gift labeled with first name and last initial -what the item is on the back of the gift tag -separate any personal letters or notes. Shelter address: The Russell - New Westminster, 740 Carnavon Street, New Westminster. Phone: 604-529-9126
  • Cliff Block, 606 Clarckson St, New Westminster , Please drop off gifts at the Cliff block, Sunday to Thursday from 7am-3pm just ask for Adriana. Phone: 604-523-9126. Please make sure the gift is labeled with first name and last initial/assigned id - with a description of the gift on the back of the gift tag, separate from any personal letters or notes you wish to include.

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I am from Niagra Fall Ontario just recently came out for a fresh start. I got off methadone , kikced it on the bus ride over and now look forward to having a new start drug free and no looking back. Pray for all the addicts who are still suffering

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I am an amputee only have 1 arm they call me lefty. I was in a bad accident that is when I lost it but also suffered a serious head injury which causes me to fall and faint so I need a wheelchair to go out anywhere.I am living on the street for over 9 years now and I am ready to come inside. I need housing and I need an electric wheelchair or scooter so I can get around without being a risk of getting robbed or victimized.

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I am 64 years old and homeless for the first time. I have COPD and only have 30% lung capacity so I am on oxygen therapy and have a scooter because I can't walk more than 5 - 10 feet without collapsing. I am very grateful to be in a wonderful shelterr but housing is a very challenging ordeal for me. For one there are no places left that will take you to appointments because of cut backs so I have to go by myself and get scared that I will faint or have an episode and need help. I also hate taking a shelter bed when there are so many woman and children still living on the street please pray for them. Thank you

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I am a 24 year old female who just moved here from a very small town in Right in Newfoundland. I came here for love but it didn't work out the way I planned add now I am stuck in the big city heart broken and alone. I don't know any body here and the holidays seem to intensity that feeling by the thousands. I pray for all those who are alone for the holidays and hope they find someone to spend it with. There should be q place for us lost souls and if there is can someone please tell me where. Signed sleepless in Surrey

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I am just getting out of treatment for my addiction to speed. I am 2 yrs clean now and have to learn how to live all over again. I am very excited to begin my life clean and sober and very scared as well. Everything is so expensive now and it is hard to make ends meet. My prayer is for all those who are still struggling with their addictions especially now with all the overdoses. Please keep them safe until they can find help and get clean. God Bless

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I am from Van Island and ran away when I was 14 ended up on the streets addicted. I have been on the streets for over 8 years and I am finally clean and sober but have a large hole in my throat to breathe and have to talk through a machine. I am still alive though and I am gratefull for that. I want to go back to work as a forklift operator but need steel toes for that. That would make me very happy and give me purpose as well. Thanks for all of your generosity and kindness

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I was born in St John's New Brunswick. I was in my mid 30's and abusing drugs and alcohol when I first became homeless. It was cold and I was nervous and scared. I was a chef for about 20 year and I really liked it. I also sis window cleaning for 20 years. My drinking contributed to a lot of my difficulties and has been the hardest part of my life. I feel happy to be alive and the company of my cats and friends. Having supported housing helps. Please pray for my health.
I have a sister in Victoria, BC who I would like to get in contact with.

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  • BC Ferry ticket to visit my sister

I am 64 years young and worked at Starbucks. I loved my job. Then I found out I have cancer in my lungs, breast and neck and ended up in the hospital for several months. During that time I lost my housing because I had to take leave from my job. Now I am being discharged from hospital and because housing in New Westminster in very expensive, I fear that I am going to end up in a shelter or worse on the street which is very scary for me. I have never been homeless or in a shelter before so I have no idea what to expect.
My wish is for a place to live and my job back. That would make me happy.

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I was born in Calgary, Alberta. the first time I found myself homeless and sleeping out I was frightened. I've worked in construction for a long time.
I have struggled with mental health my whole life. It's really hard to find help especially being homeless and having an addiction to speed. I can't get help because I have no address. I get very frustrated and then yell and then no one wants to help me anymore. I would never hurt anyone, I don't believe in violence but can't help yelling because I am so very frustrated. I just want a place to live and someone to talk to.

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I am originally from Quebec. It was very depressing the first time I was forced to sleep out.
I can't work anymore as I have stage 4 cancer and am living on the street using street drugs for pain management. I am very scared of hospitals and because I am a homeless drug user they treat me badly at the hospitals. They tell me I am drug seeking. I can't even do my cancer treatment because I am on the street and they said it is better to not do the treatment at all, then to start treatment and not finish them.
I have kids and grandchildren who I would like to see before I die but don't want them to see me like this. That would be a bad way for them to remember me. I don't want to die on the street either.

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I am originally from Quebec. The first time I slept out It was cold, lonely and depressing. My addiction controls me and I have no hope for the future. I feel happy when I am warm and not alone. If I had unlimited resources I would simply have a life. Pray that I can have a life.
Last year I was expecting nothing for Christmas and I got a whole bunch of nice gifts from complete strangers. It blew me away.
I am getting older and it is getting colder. I know I have to come inside soon or I will die out on the street.

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I am originally from Surrey, BC. It was awful depressing the first time I had to sleep out.
I have been a chef and worked in construction. When I went to jail I lost everything. I did 10 years. The jail told my family I was dead. I didn't know though, so I thought they had abandoned me because I was an embarrassment to them. My low self esteem caused an addiction to steroids. After being released I was doing great for 2 years, but then I moved into a bad recovery house in Surrey. They cashed my welfare cheque, then kicked me out and kept all my stuff. I got very angry and started getting in trouble again. Now I am back on the street with nothing.
I am happy now just to be warm. I f I had unlimited funds all I would want is my own place and a girlfriend and a job. Pray I get some good luck for a change.

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I was born in Edmonton, Alberta. I felt "insane" the first time I slept outside.
I have worked in construction, and I've done security. I was in a terrible accident and had a bad back and knee injury and ended up hooked on pain medication, which led to heroin. Then I got swarmed by a gang who beat me with baseball bats. They only got $20 and I got a serious brain injury which has caused slurred speech, poor memory, poor motor skills and impaired cognitive skills.
My mom just died a month ago and she was my world. This Christmas is going to be very lonely and depressing. I am homeless for the first time in my life and can't even grieve for my mom because that would show weakness and I will get targeted for that. I have never been this depressed and scared before. I don't know how I am going to get through the holidays it is very scary and I am all alone in the world now.
My mom always taught me it is better to give than to receive so I am trying to volunteer somewhere but no one wants me because I am homeless and I smell bad.

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I'm originally from Fort McMurray. The first time I had to sleep rough I felt hopeless and helpless.
My mom was an addict. I watched her struggle, overdose, get beat up, be pimped out, and attempt suicide while I was growing up. I have serious mental health and addictions issues, and now I am the same as my mother was. She died from her addiction and mental health issues. I don't want to end up like her, but I have overdosed 5 times. I'm in and out of jail and I've never had a normal happy life. I'm jealous of people who do.
I'm all alone for Christmas with no family or real friends. I live on streets with my girlfriend who was raped repeatedly while I was in jail. I feel guilty and responsible. My street mom also died from an overdose recently, and now my dad is suicidal up in Fort McMurray. Please pray for my dad.

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I have an eye disease which made me slowly lose my vision and now I am completely blind. I had a beautiful dog Zeus who I had trained to be my guide but he died a year ago and now I am all alone. There is a 4 year wait just to get on the wait list for a guide dog so I am using my blind cane but it is very difficult especially when I am in a new area. I want to take braille lessons then after I master that I want to teach braille to others for free so they don`t go through what I have gone through. My greatest wish would be for a dog. They said I can get a dog and a trainer has volunteered her time to train us, the dog must be very calm and even tempered. Preferably a lab, shephard or retriever type and 2.yrs old approximately. I also need the proper harness for the dog My mobility is also going so I need a scooter or electric wheelchair because I eventually will be paralysed. My other prayer would be for all those who are in darkness for the first time like me let them feel warmth and light from those around them

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I am a veteran and I'm 68 years old. My life is very empty ever since my wife died. She was my everything and my life fell apart after she died and I lost everything and ended up homeless for the first time in my life.A guy offered me a place to stay and then took all my money and locked me out. Then I was attacked and stabbed in the stomach for nothing as like I told them I had nothing worth stealing. I now have a plastic stomach because of this. I just want a safe place to live so I can re connect with my daughter and grandkids. I won't let them see me likme this. My prayer would go out to all the veterans who are homeless and alone like me to get the help they so deserve

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I am 22 years old living on the street. When I was 11 my mom stabbed my dad 70 times in front of me. I lost both parents that day because my dad died and my mom went to jail and I haven't spoken to her since. I ended up in foster care because I have no other relatives and I was abused there so I ended up running away all the time and got into trouble and now I am a heroin addict. I have type 1 diabetes as well so I have to take insulin everyday. I never got any counselling or help for the trama I lived through so I have a lot of anger and stuffed feelings. I have died 6 times in the last 2 months 3 OD's and twice from my diabetes.. The last time I died something changed inside for me and I no longer enjoy getting high and I have a strong urge to get in touch with my mom so I can forgive her and maybe start to heal. She is at FVI prison so it is difficult to arrange but it will be worth it I think. I pray that I somehow get past all this so I can finally start to live.

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I am originally from Newfoundland . I have struggled with mental health and addiction my whole life. I was on the streets for years. Then I got into treartment and got a place and now I am 3 years clean but I am very much alone. I am very socially awkward and have problems making friends. So after all my hard work I am still not happy. My biggest wish would be to go home to Newfoundland to see my mom. The last time I saw her I was 23 and I am now 49. I talk to her on the phone when I can but it would be great to surprise her before she dies.

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I am a victim of circumstances who has been through a lot of misjustice but have surrived so there must be a special plan for me . I was wrongfully comitted of a crime I did not commit and lost evreything because I did 6 years. I ended up homeless on the street and lost my wife, house, 4 kids. job for a crime I didn't do. I finally got housed after 6 years on the street and then my father passed away a year ago and I had to go to Ontario to see him and go over his will. I came back and the house I was living in kicked me out for staying out all night and threw away all my stuff incxluding my pictures, will ,death certifate of my father. This makes me very angry and now I am homeless again.. I have 4 kids 9, 12, 13, and 17 That I had just re connected with and I wanted to spend a nice christmas with them together for the first time in many years and that is all I want is toi see them and have a present for each that would mnake my whole decade. I have aleways wanted to work with youth and teach them the old stories from our ancestors. I am Native and want to teach kids art and ceremonies from the old ways tahat would be my dream

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I am 63 yr old Native man who has been battling with addiction and homelessness for over 20 years now. I have 4 kids and 6 grandkids who I barely know because of my addiction. I have been clean for 5 months now but am still on the street. It ia getting very cold out and I need to get housed. I am not getting any younger and I really want to build a relationship with my family. That's all that matters and it will be too late if I put it off much longer.

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I am a 65 yr old native residential school survivor. My experience in residential school has caused serious trust issues especially with the government. I still have PTSD symptoms that make it even harder to trust. Because of this I have become my own worst enemy and perhaps struggle way more than I should because I don't ask for help from anyone. Now I an getting way too old and way too sore to be living outside. My arthritus is almost unbearable so the time has come for me to have to humble myself and swallow my pride because I can't do this alone. I have looked for housing but it is impossible to find anything I can afford. Please pray for all the poor people who are living on the streets because they can't find affordable housing. There are way too many and it is getting very dangerous out here. All my relations

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I lost my father and 3 children in a house fire 6 years ago and instantly became homeless. I had gone out with friends that night and feel very guilty that I wasn't there to save them. Then I got breast cancer and it has been a battle for which I am not winning yet. I have not and probabally never will get over my loss. It consumes me in a dark place where there is no light. I try to help others by volunteering handing out sandwiches in the DTES and anywhere else I can find a way to help others. This is the only thing that gives me any comfort. I want you to pray for others who are trapped in their grief to find some hope and comfort

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I am 19 years old and have battled mental health and addiction most of my short life. I am very pleased to say I have been clean for over 2 years now. I was kicked out when I was 11 by my mom who also has the same demons and ended up in foster care but never stayed. I was basically raised in the streets of New West. I finally have a life now. I have my own place and a job at a taxi company and I am the happiest I have ever been. I do struggle to make ends meet though. Even with the food bank and other resources I still go hungry right before pay day. I have a large dog who is my best friend. Her name is Zoey and she was with me for most of my journey. She is my world especially now since my grandma who is more like my mom since mine was off in heraddiction, passed a couple of weeks ago. I have really been struggling to stay clean and survive. My grandma always gave me food when I ran out and Zoey needs a vet she is limping and in pain. My wish is for stuff for Zoey food, vet, treats, toys etc. because she comes first. Thanks to all who are so generous and kind helping others have a nice christmas god bless

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  • stuff for Zoey food, vet, treats, toys etc. because she comes first.

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I am 50 years old living in my car because I got in an accident and can no longer work. I have worked my whole life and now they won't even give me EI because I wasn't laid off so I am on IA and only get 235 a month. I sure have a new view on homelessness. I never dreamed it would happen to me and here I am. It can happen to anyone no one is safe because you never know what life will throw at you. I want prayers for anyone who is homeless as well as those that will become homeless in the future. It is a very cold and scary place to be when you have no home words can't even describe it. Thanks to everyone who reaches out to us you are a light in a very dark place!

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I am a 40 yr old Native man who has lived his life on the streets battling alcoholisim and drug addiction. I have cleaned up many times but just can't make it last. Now the wait for detox is so long it is almost impossible to get in so I am stuck. I had a girlfriend for many years but thankfully she finally got it right and moved back to Manitoba so she could have a fresh start. I am very lonely now and miss her so much. I want to get clean and stay clean so I can go be with her but am having a hard time getting intyo detox. I love her too much to go there without serious clean time so I am praying for a miracle. Thanks to you all for all your generosity and kindness

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I am 63 years old and a native residential school survivor.I have 2 daughters and just recently got full custody of my 2 grandkids because my daughter is struggling with mental health and addiction and can't take care of them so now I am a full time mom again with a 3 yr old girl and a 5 yr old boy. It is very overwhelming and a lot of work but it is worth it I don't want to see them in foster care. They are very stressed out and know something is wrong so I want to make this Christmas special for them to ease the pain.. I think this web site is a wonderful idea and feel so grateful I can be a part of it. Anything I get will ber much appreciated and god bless you all

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I am a 47 year old woman who has finally broke free from a long history of abusive relationships and I'm finally free from the cycle of abuse. It was a hard thing to do but well worth it. Now I can do what I want with no consequences. The challenge now is money or lack of. I have no training or experience plus I have a brain injury from all the abuse and I have a hard time communicating or doing the simplest things. I am very grateful for what I do have my 2 beautiful kids. I have a 23 year old daughter and a 25 year old son who recently blessed me with a granddaughter. I also have my 3 wonderful cats. I definitely can't complain. Please pray for all the women who are still trapped in an abusive situation it is very hard to break free and very horrible to be victim to. Have a wonderful Christmas with the ones you love.

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I am 26 years old and have a beautiful husky named Eskimo. I recently lost my job and have to wait 2 months for my EI to come in Right before the holidays of course. I have already spent the little bit of her savings I had and now I Fear I will be homeless for the holidays. I am very scared of what that will be like. I also worry about my dog and how he will be. I pray for a miracle ßb but I am running out of hope. I pray this never happens to you and I pray they find a way to end ho once and for all

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I am a single mom with a 4 year old daughter who is very special to me. I am struggling with a very scary addiction to heroine and I'm very worried about losing her because of my bad choices and stupid mistakes I have made. If I lose her I will have no one to blame but myself and I would surely die. I am praying for a Christmas miracle that I can kick this awful disease and give her the life that she deserves. She is such as an angel even after everything I have put her through and I know I am running out of time so it is now or never and I have to get it right this time or die trying because she is counting on me and I am all she has. Please pray for me to get the strength I need to succeed at not for me but for my little girl. Thank you from the bottom of my eligibility heart

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I am 56 years old and have lived a hard life and now I have to do something to leave a mark on this world before it's too late.. I have no children and have never done any thing to be proud of. First I have to find a way to get off the street.This is very scary and difficult to accomplish but isn't everything that is worthwhile. Prayers go out to all those who are brave enough to face their fears and go out there to search for a better life and also for the ones who are compassionate and dedicated to help us along the way. Happy Holidays to all and may you never give up on your dreams

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I'm a 63 year old woman who is at immenent risk of homelessness. I am on disability and was paying rent of over $800. I am on the wait list for BC Housing but that could take years. I just lost one cat due to old age and I have one more that I can't bear the thought of loosing. I love animal so much I volunteer at the Royal Humane Society.
I struggle the most with food becasue of my many food alergies.

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I am all alone for the holidays and have no money to buy anything as I am living in a shelter and just moved here from Kamloops to try to find work. I have type 1 diabetes so I have to take insulin and am very weak sometimes. I am very lonely and sad but I will get by I know it and am gratefull to have a roof over my head. Merry Christmas to all!

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I struggled most of my life with addiction to crack and now I am proud to say I have over 2 yrs clean and sober. I live in a trailer and my heater broke so I have been very cold and I am struggling to get by but at least I am no longer stuck in my addiction. I am trying to get on PWD so that I can live more comfortably because I can't work due to a bad back injury which I am waiting for surgery so I only get 630 a month and that just isn't enough. Thanks to all you kind folk who are generous and kind to want to help a complete stranger that is so wonderfull. Merry Christmas

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I am 74 yrs old and have my best friend Cassie my dog who lives with me. I have just recently become homeless again because my landlord sold the house and it is very difficult to find housing when you have a dog. She is my whole world though so I would rather be homeless than give her up. I have faith something will come up and just have to be strong until then. God bless all of you for your generosity and kindness

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L am a single mom who is struggling to get by but I am hopeful for the future. I have mental health issues that make it very challenging to be a single mom but I manage somehow. I have no money for my little girls first Christmas so I am only wanting stuff for her Thank you all

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I am 69 yrs old and live in my van. I have a cat named girly and that is my whole world. I am trying to find housing but can't afford most because CPP is not enough so until then we live in the van and hope for the best. God bless all oyf you for your generosity

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I am 34 yrs old and just escaped from a very abusive relatioship. I left with nothing but I am very grateful to be finally free. I pray for all those still stuck in abusive relationships because I know how hard it is to get out of that cycle. God Bless all of you and Merry Cristmas

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I am living on the streets and getting very tired of it but find it very hard to get off the streets as the shelters are always full so I keep trying and hope it will happen. Pray for all the women stuck on the street it is very cold and dangerous place to be

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I am 60 yrs old worked my whole life then got injured at work and WorkSafe denied my claim so I had to go on medical EI but that ran out so now I am on IA and only get 630 a month which is nowhere near enough to pay my bills so I am out of savings and now have to give up my apartment I have lived in for over 20 years because I can't afford it anymore. I have never been homeless before and I am very scared. I hope for a miracle at this point. Thank you for your generosity

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I am 62 yrs old and finally found housing after being homeless for 5 yrs. It is very exciting but very scary also. Everything is so expensive and for the first time in a long time I actually have something to lose. Thank you for reading my story and pray for those who still are homeless Thank you

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I am 64 years old and just recently got full custody of my grandaughter who is 14months old. I love her to death but she is a lot of work and I am not getting any younger. I couldn't let her go to foster care so I am going to make this work. Thanks to all of you for being a light to us stuck in the dark

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I am 30 yrs oldand homeless because of my addiction. I am in the shelter here in New West and am grateful for that. I desparately want to get clean so that I can get a job and get housing but it is very hard to break the habit and I keep falling back into it. I pray for a better life free from drugs and housed . Thank you for all you do

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I am a survivor of the streets and addiction. I finally broke free and have my own place and a job I nstill canèt believe I made it. I was on the streets at age 13 and stayed there for almost 10 years. I have serious PTSD from all the horrifying things that happened to me out there. I now try to pay it forward by helping other young girls that are out there. I hold a goddess within class for them to try to help them love themselves because that is the hardest part I think. I struggle to make ends meet but thats ok because I am off the street so no looking back. Thanks for all you do!

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I am 32 years old and was on the streets for a couple of long years. I am now housed and working a construction job and finally starting to live. It feels like a miracle because I never thought I would make it and here I am. I desparatly need rain gear, and work gear(overalls etc.) because I work outside and it has been terrible weather. Thanks to all of you for you generosity and kindness you are beautful people and an inspiration to all of us

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I am from Ontario and live with my 2 dogs Flash(Greman shep) and Piglet(Chiuaua) in Surrey. I am a painter by trade but had an accident and lost all my fingers on my right hand so it is difficult for me to do almost everything. I have to learn to be a lefty so I don't get work very often and my EI ran out so I am struggling to maintasin my apartment. I don't want to give it up because it is very dfifficult to find housing with 2 dogs and I have a great landlord which is also hard to find. I put my dogs first so I want stuff for them then I will worry about me. They are my children asnd I would be lost without them. Thanks for who you are and what you do

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I am a native from Ontario and I have just got in touch with my mother for the first time in 25 years. She wants me to come there for Christmas and I don't have the money for a bus ticket I am so hurt because this is a miracle and I desparately want to see her. I have a wife as well who wants to come as my mom has never met her before. We are from a tiny reserve in northern Ontario and the bus ticket costs $300 each my band might pay for part of it but I'm not sure. We are currently homeless so I would be very happy to have a Christmas in a home with my mom so I can get to know her again. She also said I could stay as long as I want so I probabally would move there since I have nothing here. This would be a dream come true. I'm praying for a miracle. God Bless

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I'm originally from Surrey, BC. It was very traumatic for me the first time I was homeless. I am only 24 years old, I don't know what kind of work I would like as I've never had a chance to work. I was abused as a child, raised around addiction and never got an education. I have no hope or family support. I don't think I've ever been happy. Pray that I get healing and a chance at knowing family and happiness. If I had unlimited resources I would want to go to school and get an education. I would also want a family and a home.
I have been on the streets for over 3 years and have been raped, robbed, beaten and assaulted numerous times. I am a first nations female and have very little education. I just want a home so I can be safe and not have to constantly have one eye open all the time.

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  • Walmart gift card

  • warm footwear size 10 female

  • Tablet or cell phone

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I am originally from Langley, BC. It was awful the first time I was homeless sleeping outside.
I have worked in construction and painting.
My life is really difficult because I was cut off from welfare for life due to an $80 over payment. This makes it very challenging on the streets. I get nothing so I am forced to eat out of dumpsters. I get food poisoning all the time. I can't get into any recovery treatment programs for my addiction to heron, because you have to be on welfare. I had a good job in Northern Alberta on the oil fields that I could go back to, but I need to get detoxed and clean first. I can't even do that because of my lifetime ban from Income Assistance, so I am stuck with no way out it seems.
I don't think I'm ever happy. If I had unlimited funds I would get treatment and go back to work. Pray that I catch a brake.

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  • save-on or walmart gift card

  • dog stuff

  • cell phone or phone card

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I am 50 and have had a very hard life . My husband died a couple of years ago and then I found out I have brest cancer and had both removed.. The new implants then got infected and i was in surgery again. My son got rebellious after his father was murdered and got into drugs and crime and has almost died several times especially with the fentanol scare. I ended up homeles after spending all my money on him and I lost everything. I wish to have a nice safe christmas for me and my son and worrie free for a change.I

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  • gifts for 19 yr old son

I am 49 years old and have a rare disease that makes me light headed and in a lot of pain. I also have very sensitive eyes to any light or I get migranes. Because of this I seldom go out and have no life. I can't even see my grandkids often because I am embarrassed to have them her I live in a dump. I also have a roommate that is very hard to live with but have no choice because I can't afford my own place. What I really need is a new place and a scooter to get around safely. I also want presents for my grandchildren. @ girls 4 and 6 and a teenage boy. God bless you all fo you warm hearts and love!

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  • presents for my grandchildren. @ girls 4 and 6 and a teenage boy

  • scooter

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  • Towels and a place to hang them in my new place!

I have been homeless for over 10 years and just about died a few weeks ago from pnemonia and now I have no choice but to find housing or I will die on the streets all alone and that is no way to go out. I became homeless after my twin died. I just couldn't handle the pain so I drank, injested or smoked anything that would numb the pain. I didn't think I would last this long but here I am I guess it wasn't my time. Thanks to all you generous folk who care about guys like me Merry Christmas

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  • winter coat mens L or XL

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  • food cards

  • socks and underwear

I have been struggling my whole life with mental illness and finally just recently was diagnosed with Asperger's but still have problems getting help. I have a hard time making friends because they don't understand me and are often scared of me. I am alone because of this and hope I can get help so I can communicate more effectively. Thanks to everyone of you for opening your hearts to make it a better Christmas for us,

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I live with my dog Matrix who is more like a horse. He is 130 pounds and eats more than I do. I am laid off work waiting for my EI which won't come before christmas so I am hoping for food and treats for Matrix because he costs a small fortune to feed but he is worth it he is my best friend. Thank you all!

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I have a 15 yr old son and had my own cleaning business then my van broke down and I can't get to their places with my equipment so I am not able to work. I am trying to have a christmas for my boy because it is for kids and that is why I am asking for help. Thank you to have such generosity and compasion. It gives me hope for the future. God Bless

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  • Presents for 15 yr old son

  • Safeway or Saveon for dinner

  • Wallmart

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I am 39 yrs old and live outside. I am a victim of the system perhaps. I can't read or write because my mom was an addict and never let me go to school. She made me stay home and take care of her so I never learned to write or read. I can sign my name and that is it. I can't even go to school yet because I have to find housing first. It would be way too much to try to go to school living on the street. I pray for all the other illiterate people out there it is very hard when you can't read Thanks to all Merry Christmas

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I lost everything after I got hurt in an accident. It didn't take long to blow through all my savings then lost my house and ended up homeless. I just recently lost my dad who was the world to me and now I have to try to get through the holidays without him. We used to take a long walk on the beach on Christmas Day so this year it will be solo. He was the last family member left so it looks like a lonely holiday this year.Thanks for reading my story. God Bless

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I am originally from Niagra Falls Ontario. It remember it being horrifying the first time I had to sleep outside.
My low self esteem from being in an abusive relationship makes it very hard to do anything and trust anyone. I am happy when I meet people that are kind and honest.
If I had unlimited resources I would go to school and get a good job, get married and have kids. Pray that I get an education, a good job, find someone nice to marry and have beautiful children.
I would like to reconnect with my father Bob McKinley.
I struggle with my mental health but have no support or mental health team because I have no fixed address. People target me because I am vulnerable, especially men. I don't trust anyone, and have shut down my emotions and block out everyone. I have been on the street for almost 2 years now and it gets harder and harder every day just to survive.

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  • Warm footwear size 9 female

  • Walmart gift card

  • backpack

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  • Food or a gift card for my dog