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Fort Macleod donations support emergency shelter

Women’s Emergency Shelter donations
The Fort Macleod Library collected donations of clothing for the Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter Association throughout Family Violence Prevention Month in November. Above, outreach worker Lindsay Van Weverwyk (left) and librarian Darlene Hofer are with the donations.

Fort Macleod and district people opened their hearts — and their closets — in support of the Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter.

A record amount of clothes was donated to the Fort Macleod Library’s third clothing drive.

“This is the first year it’s been this incredible,” librarian Darlene Hofer said. “The amount of clothes donated has tripled. People are being really supportive.”

Clothes for women and children were collected throughout November, which is Family Violence Prevention Month.

The library also collected donations of towels and personal hygiene items, as well as items that will be used as Christmas gifts.

“They try to make up little baskets for the families and give them something at Christmas,” Hofer said.

Anyone interested in donating clothing, personal hygiene and gift items to the association can still drop them off at the library, even though the official drive is over.

“They said if anyone drops something off just to call them and they’ll stop by and pick it up,” Hofer said.

The Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter serves Fort Macleod, Claresholm, Cardston, Stand Off, Brocket, Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek.

The need for a shelter in southwestern Alberta was recognized in 1988, which led to a committee forming and registration in 1992 as a non-profit organization.

A 10-bed emergency shelter opened in 1997. In 2006 the shelter moved to a new location and six beds were added.

The association’s residential program provides a safe and supportive environment for women and children.

There is a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and living room with an entertainment area, as well as an outdoor playground.

The association offers an outreach program to support women and children when they leave the shelter with education, referrals, emotional support, transportation and advocacy.

People can support the association by buying $10 annual memberships or making financial donations.

More information is at

“Honestly, year-round support is really helpful,” outreach worker Lindsay Van Weverwyk said. “Donations are always welcome.”

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