Students take aim at child poverty
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A trio of Simon Fraser University Surrey students hopes to help low-income mothers acquire the basics of life for their children with their Big Baby Drive this weekend at Surrey’s Guildford Town Centre.
Earlier this year the group held its first drive, partnering with YWCA Metro Vancouver at Oakridge Centre and collecting more than 1,100 baby items to help YWCA programs such as its single mother’s support service.
Their next drive is on Apr. 28-29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Students will be stationed in front of customer service near London Drugs at Guildford Town Centre.
The students, all members of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Simon Fraser, formed the non-profit organization One Big Movement (OBM) to create a “lasting and positive impact” on the lives of low-income children through short and long term projects locally as well as globally, says student Lynn Shinto.
The group partners with other non-profit organizations to identify and target real needs in the community, such as poverty’s impact on children.
“We wanted to do something positive to help make a difference in the lives of low-income mothers and children, given that B.C. has held the highest child poverty rate in Canada for the past eight consecutive years,” says Shinto, who formed OBM with students Joseph Choi and Mercedes Book.
The team will be collecting infant basics including baby food, diapers, toys, monitors and new or gently used blankets, clothing and bedding to help YWCA programs for low-income mothers and children.