CUMFI calls for toy donations
- John Lagimodiere | March 20, 2020
In these trying times, the strain on individuals and community organizations that help them is immense. Parents are off work and children are home from school and there is a lot of fear and uncertainty.
The fine folks at CUMFI are doing their best to help despite the challenges. The Métis local in Saskatoon houses hundreds of people. And their clients and the staff of CUMFI are feeling the stress. They have now sent out a call to the community for some help and respite for the children. They need toys and board games and anything to help families engage their children and pass time in a good way.
“Our homes are full,” says Shirley Isbister, President of CUMFI. “And every emergency receiving home is full and we are trying to keep everyone calm. But many people in the community are hurting already. We need to get them resources and have turned to the community for help.”
CUMFI is asking for board games and toys. Anything for children in their homes. Any donation can be called in and left on your own doorstep and they will pick it up.
They have staff being mobile because the pandemic protocols of isolation have changed the way CUMFI has to do their work. “We have been calling our elders since Sunday and picking up their lists and supplies and delivering them. We also do that for our wellness clients,” added Isbister. “And we will do that until we don’t have to anymore.”
For now, CUMFI has locked the door of their main office but are passing out snacks and drinks. But they need help for their children. If you can, pull together some toys and call 306-975-9999. They will come pick up.