Safe Harbour Society staff member Melody Holland spreads out the mats used by homeless at the overnight shelter for people under the influence of substances. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Safe Harbour Society seeks Christmas sponsors

The Safe Harbour Society is looking for more people, or groups, to step forward and provide a few basic supplies to its clients this Christmas.

Human resources manager Karen Baker said everybody deserves to get something at this time of year.

“The people who are using the shelter, their families have put a lot of boundaries in place. They don’t always have a place to go at Christmas,” Baker said.


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Red Deer families look for help at Christmas

At the detox, about 15 men could use a bag, or backpack, with items such as pyjama bottoms, socks, toiletries, lip balm and sweets. Buying for all the clients would cost about $400 if a group, or organization, wants to contribute.

Baker said individuals can also donate whatever they can afford.

“If they can only afford $20, then go the dollar store and buy a bunch of nail clippers and we’ll make sure they get in the bags. Every little bit helps. The bags are always a hit.”

She said toiletries that are not shared, such as toothbrushes or deodorant, are items that people especially need. Backpacks are always in demand since clients constantly use them, so they wear out. Fast food gift cards are also appreciated.

Baker said Safe Harbour serves mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters in the community.

“Addiction hits every family.”

To participate, contact Baker at 403-347-0181, or email

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