Unifor Local 1359’s Women’s Committee activities are well under way again this year for their 6th annual “Stuff a Purse” campaign. The Local Union collects and donates purses filled with personal care products and other goodies to the Women in Crisis Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, as well as Chadwick House in Wawa, and the Maplegate Home for Women in Elliot Lake.
As well as collecting and distributing the stuffed purses, the Unifor 1359 Women’s Committee also collects Christmas decorations, slippers and sleepwear for the women at the three shelters.
“It’s always nice to give back to the community and especially to the women and children who are facing incredible difficulties in their lives. I’m proud to say that Unifor cares for these women as if they were their own members” stated Claire Grisdale, the Chairperson of the Women’s Committee.
Through the Unifor National Social Justice Fund, Local 1359 donated $2,000.00 to the Sault Ste. Marie Women in Crisis earlier this year, illustrating the Local Union’s commitment to this cause.
Recently this year the Unifor Women’s Committee organized a socks and underwear raising campaign and donated these well-needed items to the Children’s Aid Societies in Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, and Elliott Lake.
Furthermore, this year Unifor Local 1359 will donate $2,000.00 to the Food Bank in Elliott Lake and $500.00 each to the Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa Food Banks.
“Each year we rotate the $2,000 donation amongst the three sites we represent. It gives us the chance to give a little extra to help with food costs at this time of year” states Unifor Local 1359 President Laurie Lessard-Brown.
Lessard-Brown also added “I’d like to give a big thanks to the local YMCA for generously donating all the membership passes that we were able to put in each purse as well as a thank you to the Sault Ste. Marie Delta Hotel for their donation of personal care products. It humbles me as a Local President to be able to be a part of something that has a positive impact on women and children in crisis situations.”