I recently learned of the following way to support new residents of Queens Manor
“The City of Victoria Sustainability Department will be accepting donated household items and gifts this week that go towards Christmas baskets for residents of Queens Manor – the former Traveller’s Inn property, recently purchased by the City of Victoria. Queens Manor is operated by the Victoria Cool Aid Society and provides safe and supportive short-term housing to individuals who would otherwise be homeless.
Donated household items would be greatly appreciated by residents as they transition from homelessness to living independently in a new home. Residents include both men and women. Suggested items for donation include:
New or gently used kitchen items: such as a can opener, oven mitts, whisk, plastic jug, tea/coffee mugs, pots, new non-stick pans, and new dish cloths.
Toiletries: such as shower gel, soap, toothbrushes/toothpaste, hand lotion, or razors.
Home comforts: such as new or surplus Christmas decorations, tea, instant coffee, hot chocolate, microwave popcorn, Christmas chocolates or candies.
Donations will be accepted until Friday, December 17 at 4:30 pm and may be dropped off in a bin located in the foyer at City Hall. Donations can also be made directly to the St. John the Divine office at 1611 Quadra Street. Baskets will be assembled Monday, December 20 at St. John the Divine.”