Uplifting Simcoe County’s Black Youth with Care Packages

June 17, 2020
Uplift Black Youth

Community invited to help with encouraging cards, poems, gifts, and supplies.

The Simcoe County community is being asked to join the movement and uplift our Black youth today. Shelly Skinner has launched “Uplift Black Youth In Simcoe County” in collaboration with local not-for-profit organizations Making Change and Shak’s World. The project’s goal is to rally community support and provide care packages to Black youth living throughout Simcoe County. As of Thursday, June 11, 2020, 67 families have registered over 110 children and youth.

“As our youth sit at home isolating and navigating online school, they are overwhelmed with both the stress and anxiety of the global COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation and the recent events spotlighting the prevalence of anti-Black racism here in Canada,” says Shelly Skinner, Uplift Black Youth project lead and Co-founder of Making Change. “The time for change is now and our Black youth need to hear from their neighbours and our community allies that BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

Families with school-aged (JK-12) Black youth may register on the Making Change website confidential form. Along with personal information, the form asks for the school grade and interests of each Black youth, to better tailor the care packages.

For those community members interested in helping Uplift Black Youth in Simcoe County, both financial support and the donation of supplying specific items to stock the care packages are welcomed.

E-transfer to helpmakingchange@gmail.com to donate to either the Uplift Black Youth Project or the ongoing work of Making Change to spark broad community interest and foster conversations around inclusion and diversity.

This is a list of “new” items the community is invited to start collecting for school aged children from JK to 12:

  • Letters of solidarity and support
  • Greeting Cards
  • Poems
  • Musical instruments
  • Puzzles
  • Board Games
  • Toys
  • Books with leading character that is a Person Of Colour
  • Art supplies
  • Journals
  • Spa care products
  • Makeup for our skin tone
  • Hair care for our hair
  • Ice cream/Fro yo gift cards
  • Sporting goods
  • Electronics accessories-chargers, ear plugs
  • Plants
  • Baking supplies/baked goods
  • Jewelery
  • Candy
  • LEGO
  • Beanie Boos/ Stuffies

Official drop off locations for care package items are:

  • JJ’s Caribbean Cuisine - 110 Little Ave, Barrie, Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Drors - 98 Dunlop St. E., Barrie  Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at side/rear entrance
  • Dosti Eats 0 - 535 Bryne Drive, Barrie, Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Simmering Kettle - 53 Bryne Drive #B2, Barrie, Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Barrie Chamber of Commerce - 121 Commerce Park Drive, Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Website: www.MakingChangeSC.com
Financial Donations: helpmakingchange@gmail.com – note Uplift Black Youth
Facebook Group: Uplift Black Youth Simcoe County https://www.facebook.com/groups/653973981823404/