WINNIPEG — February is here and the minds of many will soon be on Valentine’s Day.
For many women, the day is a spot on the calendar traditionally marked with love, romance and sugary treats. For others, it can be disheartening and just another day of the month.
That’s where Galentine’s Day was formed — a fundraising initiative meant to sweeten the 14th for vulnerable women who access centres like the North End Women’s Centre.
“Valentine’s Day can be a tough day for even the most privileged among us,” said Sara Smith, one of the organizers behind Galentine’s Day.
“For women in our community who are living with trauma, the day can be especially difficult and lonely. By providing them with special, ‘just-because’ gifts and beauty treatments, we want to show these women they are loved, they’re important, and they matter.”
It’s the fourth year for the event, which is still seeking donations to treat its guests. Everything from haircuts, massages, manicures, a healthy lunch, goody bags filled with essentials and treats, and feel-good movies will be offered.
Nearly 100 women attended last year’s event, which is being moved to a larger venue to accommodate the growing demand. For security reasons of the women attending, the location isn’t being revealed beforehand.
Donations are still being accepted through a GoFundMe page. Funds will be used to purchase candy, gifts, lunch, and reusable tote bags filled with goodies for those who attend.
ChrisD.ca is proud to be a candy sponsor of this year’s Galentine’s Day.