Canada Comforts Society February 2020 Newsletter

Warm greetings to all the CCS team

Our newsletter this time is about celebrating the 500th container that has been sent out by the Compassionate Resource Warehouse (CRW).  CRW news letter can be found at the following line

Compassionate Resource Warehouse 2019 Newletter link:

CRW 500TH container will be going to JORDAN! (Canada Comforts  has contributed to all 500 containers)

CRW is partnering with iCROSS Canada and TyingVines in supporting a church in Amman Jordan which ministers to those displaced by war or persecution:  300 Iraqi Christian and Syrian refugee families; 300 widows and people with special needs; and 200 other community families.

The church has launched many programs and ministries: a preschool, a kindergarten, and an elementary school; workshops in soap-making and working with leather and wood-notably olive wood; aid to nursing and expectant mothers, widows, orphans and those with special needs.  The church will turn the container into a commercial kitchen to serve food for the project, as well as space for clinics in business training, catering, healthcare, dental and physiotherapy.

All our blankets, dresses, shorts, sweaters, baby tops, knitted baby outfits, bibs, hats, scarves, bears and bags will be going in this container.  Our bears will be used in counselling traumatised children.   However, since we are sending all that we have, this means CRW has no back up items.  (This is a big hint for all of us to keep busy!!)

The CRW will be purchasing the container and as soon as it is surveyed they will be making the booking to load this container out.  Thank you for helping the needs of so many people by contributing to the 500th container.

I wish I had kept track of how many containers we helped fill before the CRW was started.  It was quite a number.

Flo Steel is one of our fabulous sewers of dresses.  Flo gave her niece two dresses to take on her African adventure.  The program is called “Latitudes”.  She heard about it through a “career day” at her high school.  According to their website they have been around for a considerable time, and offer volunteer experiences for new graduates in foreign countries.  Her folks had to pay for her transport and expenses.  She lived with two different families in Ghana during her 5 month experience.  In her first stay she lodged with a doctor above a private hospital where she volunteered, witnessed operations, and took vital statistics.  Her second stay – and I think her  favourite –  was with a family in a small village where  she worked at a school with the kindergarten class.


Heather Robertson is one of our great knitters.  These blankets show how Heather uses up every scrap of yarn.  For the first and second blankets she knitted squares, then stripes; then used every bit of scrap yarn in the third. We can never seem to keep up to the request for blankets.  Even in the hotter countries, the night temperatures dip down, and many people are very cold at night.

Thank you all for your continued support.  Please know that that we are making a positive difference giving these deserving people a “hand-up” (not a “hand-out”).  It is amazing what we volunteers can do!!  Please know how much you are loved and appreciated.


We can walk far when we walk together…..African proverb

If you have any questions please ask.

Marguerite Swallow, Sec/treas 250 642 4354

Roberta Graham, President 250 881 3657

Sylvia Hatfield, Founder 250 474 4614