COMMUNITY BACKPACK DRIVE

Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking

The Junior League of Hamilton-Burlington, Inc. is spearheading a backpack drive to support survivors of human trafficking, some of whom have been held in captivity for years and may not have not had anything of their own while being trafficked. 

Donation boxes are located throughout the Hamilton-Burlington community to collect items such as new pajamas, underwear, yoga pants and tops, and hygiene products.  A full list of the most needed items can be found on the poster below. These items will be placed in backpacks, and then distributed by the Hamilton Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.

Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery and has become a major concern in the Hamilton/Burlington community and throughout Southwestern Ontario.  Traffickers maintain control over their victims through manipulation, threats, and / or the abuse of trust and power.  Victims may be trafficked by someone they know or in some cases, connection is made through social media with a gradual, well executed plan to distance the victim from family and friends.

You can help with either financial or specific donations and/or with the placement of one of our donation boxes at your business. Our target goal is a minimum of 50 filled backpacks. Please help us reach that goal!

To donate products, please contact Wendy Powell at wdpowell1955@gmail.com

To have a donation box at your business, please contact Chantal Lachance at  communityimpact@juniorleague.ca

To support this initiative financially, donate now through 

Locations of the donation boxes are listed below. 

Many thanks to Bullivant Health + Safety for their support and generous contribution of 50 backpacks which will be filled with the items collected from this initiative.

 

 

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Drop Off Locations - please check back for additional locations as the list will be updated regularly

The Nest - 171 Locke St.- Hamilton
Scoly's Hometown Market - 178 Nebo Rd. - Hamilton
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church - 70 James St. S. - Hamilton
Melrose United Church - 86 Homewood Ave. - Hamilton
Stoney Creek United Church - 1 King St. W. - Stoney Creek
Harper's Garden Centre - 1039 Wilson St. E. - Dundas
St. John's Anglican Church - 272 Wilson St. E.  Ancaster
Magnolia House Spa in Waterdown - 20 Main St. - Waterdown
Eden Tile - 4060 Fairview St. - Burlington
St. Matthew-on-the-Plains Anglican Church - 126 Plains Rd. E. - Burlington
Keller Williams Edge Realty, Brokerage - 105-3027 Harvester Rd. - Burlington
Beauty Supply Outlet - 3315 Fairview St. - Burlington
Keller Williams Signature Realty, Brokerage - 4-245 Wyecroft Rd. - Oakville