In Nunavut, there is a very modern and efficient hospital in the capital city of Iqaluit, providing excellent state-of-the-art care.
Each year about 400 expectant moms are flown in to Iqaluit to have their babies. They are given wonderful care while their in the hospital but are then returned to their communities, often with very little to properly care for their newborn.
Our desire is to send each mom home with a “Baby Pac” full of new cloths and supplies that will see the baby through its first critical year of life.
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True North Aid Project: Baby Pacs
Here’s where you can help! Each “Baby Pac” costs $214. Would you help by sponsoring a Pac or a portion of it?
Full Pac $214.
Quarter $ 53.50
Please go to our secure donate site and help a new born baby with what we would all like to see our child have, a great start and a fighting chance.
Director of True North Aid, George Woodward, says two skids or more than 450 kg of donations, are heading to Attawapiskat. The items were donated by southern Ontario residents. (True North Aid Facebook)
Residents in the remote northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat will soon be getting a shipment of school supplies, warm winter clothing and hand-crafted baby items.
The items were all donated through collection drives held by several non-profit agencies in southern Ontario.
The project was spearheaded by the Canadian, non-profit, humanitarian group, True North Aid.
The group sends help and supplies into isolated, fly-in northern communities in Canada.
Director George Woodward says about two skids worth of donations — totalling more than 450 kilograms — will be flown into Attawapiskat early next week.
He says he understands this shipment won’t solve the long-term problems in the community.
"In the middle of all of that there’s a whole group of people that are really in need and really desperate," Woodward said.
“So we want to try to help them on their day-to-day living and see if there is any way we can help elevate their living conditions and living standards and … help them along the way.”
Woodward says this isn’t the first time True North Aid has sent donations to Attawapiskat. But he says he feels southern Ontario residents were generous this time around because of the hardships reported in the news lately.
The non-profit group Safetynet Clothing Donation program held a drive asking for donations of school supplies for Attawapiskat in northern Ontario. They were able to fill a car with those donations. (Safetynet Clothing Donation program Facebook)
Safetynet Clothing Donation program in Oakville, Ont. collected school supplies for students in Attawapiskat. Founder and executive director Bill Shields says their collection drive was just five days.
“When we did it, we filled up a car and then some with school supplies,” he said.
“We had so many backpacks donated, and these backpacks were filled with schools supplies as well. We put it together quite quickly and didn’t get a chance to do a whole tally, but the community was quite generous with the amount of stuff that what was donated,” says Sheilds.
Woodward says, as Canadians, we need to recognize that there are some very desperate situations in our country.
“Sometimes we often think about how can we help the people in Africa … that’s all well and good,” he said.
“I think we should try and continue to do that. But we also have — what I designate sometimes as — third world conditions right here in our nation. We need to have our eyes wide open and our arms open to try to help those that are within our country as well.”
The Attawapiskat shipment ready to head out the door. It will be handled by two different trucking companies and then onto the airplane to be flown into Attawapiskat.
True North Aid Humanitarian Projects
Collected and sent 4 skids of warm clothing to Kashechewan via Air Creebec (2016)
Collected and sent 4 skids of warm clothing to Fort Albany via Air Creebec (2016)
Collected and sent 450 Kg of clothing, hand crafted baby items and schools supplies collected through Saftey Net Clothing Donation Program. (2016)
Partnered with www.sewonfire.com and sent 450 baby packs to Northern Communities. Each pack provides clothes & supplies for first year of life. (less diapers and formula) Sent via First Air (2015-2016)
Sent 6 computer labs to Attawapiskat to help provide online education via Air Creebec (2015)
Partnered with Sew on Fire and sent 400 baby packs. Each pack provides clothes & supplies for first year of life. (less diapers and formula) Sent to northern communities via First Air (2014)
Collected and sent 48 large boxes of winter coats, boots & clothing for Attawapiskat and sent via Air Creebec (2014)
Partnered with CTF organization in Toronto and collected 18 skids of food and clothing for Attawapiskat and sent via Air Creebec (2013)
Collected and sent 12 skids of food and clothing for Attawapiskat and sent via Air Creebec (2013)
Collected and sent large shipment of clothes and food for Attawapiskat and sent via Air Creebec (2012)
In partnership with the Government of Canada, & EHL Homes of Ottawa16 of 22 modular homes (funded by the government of Canada) were furnished through the efforts of True North Aid at a cost of approx.. $3500 per home. Attawapiskat. See News Link (2012)
Collected and sent a large shipment of food, clothing & electric heaters to Attawapiskat via Air Creebec (2011)
Collected and sent large tuck load of food and clothing to Nain, Labrador via transport & boat (2011)
In partnership with “Help Wesley Build A Playground Project” and a Pepsi contest grant of $25,000 + additional funds that were raised, a playground was built for the children of Attawapiskat. This project was Inspired by an 11yr old boy from NiagraFalls who saw the need and was determined to make this dream become a reality. Attawapiskat. See News Link (2011)