Eversafe Ranch is asking for donations and support in its appeal for women and children this Christmas.
The registered charity was started by Alan and Judy Daser. The organization helps families who are starting over by providing furniture and housewares at no charge, and runs the Eversafe Ranch Thrift Store in Cloverdale, a bustling second hand shop at 6541 176A Street.
On Dec. 20, Eversafe Ranch is hosting a Christmas party for about 60 – approximately 40 to 45 kids and their moms. Most are families who have fled domestic violence and are now making the transition out of the shelter system.
Activities include face painting, games for the kids, fun and food. Each family will also receive a hamper to take home.
“It’s going to be a relaxed afternoon for them.” Santa will also be making an appearance.
Cash donations are needed along with unwrapped Christmas gifts for children, and food items for hampers.
“And diapers – diapers are huge,” Judy Daser says.
“We have lots of moms with babies. Diapers are so expensive.” There isn’t much time; the deadline for donations is Dec. 12.
Supporters can also help by sponsoring a child or family. It works out to $50 per child. Eversafe Ranch buys pajamas for every child, plus a toy.
“I always get the children’s wish lists,” says Judy.
“A lot of people love to go out and shop for them.”
She says it’s a welcome touch appreciated by the kids. It’s just as rewarding to be on the giving side, she adds, because of “the looks on their faces, and they say, ‘This is just what I asked Santa for.’”
Eversafe Ranch Outreach Society works with a number of organizations, including Atira Women’s Resource Society, the Surrey Association for Community Living, Metis Family Services, Work BC, and local churches.
Donations of cash, food, and toys may be dropped off at the store during opening hours.
To help, call Judith or Judy at 778-574-1998. Financial donations can also be made online via PayPal through the society’s website, www.eversaferanch.ca.