THANKS to the efforts of five local youth, the holidays were a little brighter for those struggling with mental illness on the North Shore.
Jessica Tweed, Julia and Mason Hughes, and Stephanie and Samantha Cheung helped wrap more than 250 presents for the North and West Vancouver branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association's annual Gift of Hope program. As the holidays can prove challenging for people with mental illness, particularly those who are feeling alone, the initiative sees association staff and volunteers deliver the wrapped Christmas gifts of hope to people with serious mental illness living in the community or currently receiving treatment and support at Lions Gate Hospital. Gifts are donated by community members and groups as well as purchased through donations to ensure the need is met.
Donations can be made by visiting the association's website, www.northwestvancouver. cmha.bc.ca.
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