That’s why the Harvest Project is trying to make it even easier to help those who need it the most with its new holiday giving campaign. “There are two aspects to our holiday campaign this season,” explains Kevin Lee, Development Officer for Harvest Project.
The first is giving North Shore residents the opportunity to helpadopt an in-need family by providing a one-time, monthly, or a yearly donation that funds resources for the family andtheir children. “Adopting a family is the best way the community canenable our one-to-one work with individuals and families,” says Lee.
The second way you can help is by shopping at the North Van-based charity’s new virtual store at harvestproject.org for individual items to provide for families.
“We just launched our new virtual store. So, you can either adopt a family or have a shopping experience and choose individual items to give,” he says.
For instance, you can select from gifts such as transit cards, fresh food, grocery hampers, dental care, one-to-one counselling and much more, to give to those in Harvest Project’s programs.
A print version newsletter that includes items available online at Harvest Project’s virtual store and different adoption options will also be mailed outin case you would rather fill out your donation list and mail it back to the charity.
Harvest Project connects with more than 700 vulnerable North Shore residents monthly. It provides client coaching, a rent bank, emergency drop-in care, a grocery and clothing support program, a food-recovery and redistribution program, and more.
“We are a grassroots registered charity, so we rely on donors for virtually 100% of our support,” says Lee. “Our support comes from a wonderful mix of North Shore households, businesses, service clubs, foundations, schools, churches, city governments and other community groups.”
Harvest Project, whose motto is “Extending a Hand Up, Not A Hand Out,” has been active on the North Shore since 1993.
“The North Shore community is outstanding in its support. The community listens and generously responds and of course, we do need that support all year long”.
Last year, Lee recalled a woman dropping off food items and cash during the holidays and finding out later that she was once a client of the charity. “She was here to simply pay it forward to Harvest Project for what she had received, so I thought that was an inspiring story that brings everything full circle.”
You can donate to Harvest Project online, by phone or by mail.
1073 Roosevelt Cres.
North Vancouver, V7P 1M4