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While it is not possible to organize contributions and distribution of White Gifts this year because of COVID-19, you are encouraged to donate to a group of your choice.
In the past, Britannia United Church has supported the following organizations with its White Gifts:
- Harmony House, Ottawa’s only 2nd stage (transitional) shelter, at http://www.harmonyhousews.com/
- Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth, an Ottawa-based transitional home for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, ages 16 to 29, at https://www.teweganhousing.ca/
- Youth Services Bureau, which is committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental and accessible environment where youth 12 years and older can pursue their life goals and be encouraged in making informed decisions, at https://www.ysb.ca/
Another suggested recipient of your White Gifts is the Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy. This is an ecumenical grassroots-based Christian community chaplaincy presence in the multicultural, multi-faith communities in west-end Ottawa. It also supports the housing communities in Foster Farm, Morrison Gardens, Pinecrest Terrace and Regina Towers. Donations can be made through Canada Helps: access https://www.canadahelps.org/en/ and type the name of the organization in the search bar.