A Kindness Care Packaging Project by students for the homeless

Driven by students and fuelled by compassion, Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) is into its 14th year of intentional giving to the homeless in the Comox Valley, Victoria and East Hastings. Driven by students and fuelled by compassion, Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) is into its 14th year of intentional giving to the homeless in the Comox Valley, Victoria and East Hastings.

École Puntledge Park Elementary School will once again host the EDAS project with 15 other Comox Valley school communities contributing in different ways.  This year, 1000 hand-painted bags filled with woollen socks, toques, mitts/gloves and scarves and toiletries accompanied by a handmade card and small bag of cookies will be given to people living on the street and in shelters so that they are loved and not forgotten.

École Puntledge Park Principal, Stephane LeBlanc states, “what makes EDAS stand out is the act of intentional giving and the weeks of work by students that lead up to the day when the bags are distributed. Every week throughout the campaign, EDAS Club students are visited by speakers who share information on homelessness, addiction, poverty, gratitude and other relevant subjects at EDAS Club meeting. These grade seven students are well-informed and they want to make a difference.”

All donations are packaged and delivered by students and SD71 staff. However, the generosity of Comox Valley residents is needed. The students in the EDAS Club invite the public to donate the following new items:

  • Woollen socks (men’s XL/women’s medium)
  • Toques
  • Mitts/Gloves
  • Scarves

At a recent EDAS meeting, a grade seven student said, “I am so grateful that I can help people through EDAS!” Open your heart and join Everybody Deserves A Smile in this simple but powerful project and you too will be helping an individual feel the power of community and compassion.

Many thanks to partnering schools listed below. Donations can also be drop off at these school locations:Arden Elementary, Brooklyn Elementary, Cumberland Community School, École Robb Road, Glacier View Secondary Center, GP Vanier Secondary, Heritage Christian School, Highland Secondary, Huband Park Elementary, Lake Trail Middle School, Mark Isfeld Secondary, Navigate NIDES, Queneesh Elementary, Royston Elementary and Valley View Elementary School

And at the following businesses and organizations:Comox Community Centre, Duduza Bed and Bath, École Puntledge Park, Florence, Filberg Centre, RE/MAX Courtenay, Seeds Food Market Cumberland, Vancouver Island Regional Library – Courtenay Branch, Lewis Centre Courtenay Recreation and the School District 71 Board Office.
Cheques can be made payable to EDAS. The deadline for donations is December 11th.

About Everybody Deserves a Smile Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) is a not for profit organization that began as a grassroots project in Edmonton, right before Christmas in 2003. Four friends came together and left 88 homemade care packages on garbage bins in the backstreets of downtown.  At the time they hoped to bring a smile to those living on our streets, letting them know that they were not alone and not forgotten that Christmas. Now, several years later, thousands of care packages have been given to the homeless, and this simple yet powerful purpose continues to this day. Although EDAS has focused on helping the homeless, it aspires to help everyone feel significant in some way.

This year’s partnering schools are Arden Elementary, Brooklyn Elementary, Cumberland Community School, École Robb Road, Glacier View Secondary Center, G.P Vanier Secondary, Highland Secondary, Mark Isfeld Secondary, Navigate NIDES, Queneesh Elementary and Royston Elementary. A special thank you to École Puntledge Park Elementary School for being our host school.

Everybody Deserves A Smile