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    Making care packages

    By Bear Hugs Club member, Vivian Y While this box may not seem the most creative, I attempted my best to add products that could benefit anyone who may be struggling during this period of time. I managed to squeeze in two water bottles to help others quench their thirst, and two protein drinks. I remembered how these protein drinks filled me up when I was preparing for my surgery a few years ago, and decided to go to Asian supermarket to get this again. It takes a while for them to expire, and also does not go bad through hot or cold temperatures. I added a box of tissues…

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    T-shirt quilted blankets

    By: Vivian Y. While T-shirts may not be made out of the thickest material, they could be used for multiple purposes, especially during winter. A creative experiment could be to find a bunch of unused shirts and cut them up in different shapes and sizes to make one giant blanket.  This activity could be done by Cutting the shirts into squares, then using a sewing machine to attach the pieces (preferred method) or Hand knitting the pieces together until you achieve a rectangular shape that resembles a blanket Either way, this DIY could serve as a great keepsake, especially if done with friends and also helps the environment as it…

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    T-shirt tote bags

    By: Muzna E. Have an old shirt that you love and don’t want to give it away? Why not make an into a tote bag! The tote bag can be used for multiple purposes. It can be used as a way to bag groceries, to carry your school textbooks, or even to carry your art supplies! This tote bag allows you to repurpose your favourite t-shirts without the use of a sewing machine!   First, take your T-shirt and cut up the sleeves so they look identical Then cut the neckline and determine the depth you want your bag to be, and draw a line After turning your shirt inside out, cut…

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    Highlighting voices in the midst of a pandemic

    By Youth Advisory Board Member, Haleema Ahmed When the pandemic commenced in mid-March, I felt a deep sense of inadequacy. Medics risked their lives for COVID-19 patients, government and public health officials worked tirelessly to provide guidelines, and retail/grocery store workers ensured access to basic supplies, whilst I lacked the age or experiences to be a front-liner.  Being grateful for the arduous work of frontline workers alongside the difficult conditions they have to endure, inspired my commitment to Impact Without Contact, an organization that aims to connect youth to remote volunteer opportunities, support local businesses, organizations, and hospitals, and highlight youth voice.  Tell My Story is a podcast I formulated…

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    Turning a hobby into something more

    By Youth Advisory Board Member, Aleesha Sheikh However, the excitement diminished quickly when I spoke to an owner of a food bank only to realize that no facilities would be comfortable with accepting homemade sandwiches. I felt defeated, because I had grown attached to the concept and felt that I would finally be able to give back to my community. So how is a failed sandwich story related to my art organization? The answer is, the aspect of  failure.   I had failed with an idea that I thought would be wonderful. I was now back at square one because it seemed that all my ideas were running into roadblocks.…

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    Helping small business thrive

    Helping small business survive & thrive. Minimizing these losses is critical to recovery. Here are some easy ways that you can support your local businesses from home today! 1. Leave a positive review online (google / facebook)2. Give them a follow, like and comment3. Share their posts on social media Our challenge for you is this: find and engage with at least one local small business in your area. Let us know when you do ☻

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    Vivian’s up-cycling ideas

    How to repurpose your fuzzy sweaters By: Vivian Yan Fuzzy sweaters are most definitely a staple in many closets, though they often wear out easily. While it seems as though there’s no more purpose for that frizzly sweater at the back of your drawers, it could actually be used for much more than you may think. In certain regions, winter can be a challenging time, especially for those who may be struggling to find shelter or are in need of winter clothing. Sweaters can be easily knitted into winter hats! To do so, you simply need to deconstruct the clothing item and knit it to make a pouch shape. These…