Randall Campbell had plenty to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Campbell was getting ready to ring in the new year when he received a phone call at 11:30 p.m congratulating him on winning a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
“It was just a total surprise,” he said. “I thought it was just some friends in Windsor having fun with me.”
The Charity Chix stepped up for a pair of local non-profit organizations on Friday.
The Windsor Youth Centre, which provides services for homeless and at-risk youth, as well as the Rotary Club of Essex both received cheques for just over $11,700. The money was raised at the Chic @ The City event last month.
The youth centre plans to use the funds for vital programs that are offered to youth who drop into the centre for support and referral services.
The Rotary Club of Essex will fund the cost of drilling a well located by a school in Ghana, Africa to provide more than 1,000 children with access to clean drinking water.
Thursday may have been Thanksgiving Day for the U.S. rather than Canada, but volunteers with the Windsor Youth Centre still took the occasion to do some giving — bringing free lunches to downtown streets.
“We don’t want to leave anyone hungry out in the cold,” said Patricia Caron, a Windsor Youth Centre volunteer.
Caron said she’s been hanging onto the idea ever since she herself was homeless about a year ago in London — and she was given a free lunch by a volunteer organization there.
Homeless youth in Windsor and Essex County will have a new safe space to unwind thanks to a $13,000 grant from TD Friends of Environment Foundation.
Tamara Kowalska, executive director of Windsor Youth Centre, said the grant allowed the facility the opportunity to create a teaching garden in the backyard of their Wyandotte Street location. The garden is designed to teach youth how to grow and harvest food and flowers but it also offers a bit more.
“It also gives them a really quiet and calm healing place,” Kowalska said. “A lot of our youths do struggle with mental health issues, addictive and physically health problems, so this is also a wonderful resource in terms of just healing.”