by Lynda Kohler
Woolwich Community Health Centre
Charlotte Muller, daughter of Baby Charlotte owner Carla Muller sits in the foreground as her mom presents a $500 cheque from her "Little Souls" fundraiser to Wellesley Township (CAPC) Family Outreach Worker, Sue Martin and Woolwich Township (CAPC) Family Outreach Worker, Shirley Redekop.
Some families in our communites face financial struggles for various reasons. When low income earners struggle to provide for their families, the Rural Family (CAPC) Outreach Workers become a key support.
Family Outreach Workers are located across Waterloo Region, providing the necessary connections, links and supports to help reduce poverty in our region.
The current economy has created many needs within Woolwich and Wellesley Townships but also many generous individuals and businesses who have supported our community and contributed to filling this need.
Carla Muller is the owner of Baby Charlotte, a children’s store in Conestogo, who before Christmas, learned about the need for children’s shoes for low-income families in our community.
She generously donated 116 pairs of brand new children’s shoes and began wrapping gifts at her store to generate some donations towards purchasing shoes of larger sizes. She called this fundraiser, the “Little Souls” Campaign.
The many donated pairs of shoes were shared between our Woolwich Township Family Outreach Worker, Shirley Redekop and Wellesley Township Family Outreach Worker, Sue Martin, who are a division of Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), which is sponsored by Mosaic Counseling and Family Services.
The two quickly connected with families so that many of the shoes could be distributed before Christmas.
“I gave the adorable shoes to some families and I could see how proud the mothers and children were,” commented Martin. “One three year old girl kept stopping to look down at her feet and admire her new pink shoes while another two year old boy kept running with his shoes since they made a squeaking sound when he ran.”
Overall the families were very thankful for the generous donation.
Last week the two Rural (CAPC) Family Outreach Workers received another call from Carla Muller from Baby Charlotte and surprisingly, she had raised $500 in donations from the “Little Souls” Campaign.
“This donation will be so helpful in providing shoes for some of the older children who I support,” Redekop said.
When they arrived to accept the donation, Carla Muller provided yet another donation of sleepers, bibs and toys for babies, clothing items for some young children and 55 pairs of new shoes.
The generosity of this small business owner is overwhelming and will support many families within our community. For more information about the Family Outreach Worker Program you may contact the Community Outreach Information Line at 519 883-2290.
It is inspiring to see how a small business owner, who sees a need, responded with such creativity and generosity.
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