'Give Back Gals' are helping out Sudburians
'Give Back Gals' have delivered more than 400 trunk loads over the past six months, and it all starts on social media. May 2/2020 (Molly Frommer/CTV News Northern Ontario)
SUDBURY -- Two young women in Sudbury founded the group 'Give Back Gals' and are giving back to the community in a big way.
The group has been busy purchasing and delivering everyday items to those who need it the most.
Organizers say since the group was founded in November of last year, the needs have shifted.
"It started off as a clothing drive you know, getting donations and bringing them to people who needed them and very quickly it grew and now it's like fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy just to get them through the week," said Sydney Hutchins, 'Give Back Gals' co-founder.
The founders say the need in the community is three times greater now compared to before the pandemic.
They have delivered more than 400 trunk loads over the past six months, and it all starts on social media.
"People will send us a message and then we'll either ask them for a list or if we already have items hand we will just grab those, we have freezers, we have a stock pile ready to go but we ask them for any allergies, how many people are in the house, kids ages and then we will go grab them from the grocery store or the stock pile and then drop them off," said Veronique St.Jean, 'Give Back Gals' co-founder.
One individual who received groceries says these donations mean the world to him and his family of six.
"There's actually a great need for it with not being able to work and everything else, it's just been very hectic and everything that we have received has just been fantastic," said Devlin Foyston.
Hutchins says they could not do this without the help from the community.
"We receive a lot of monetary donations every week, in the past few weeks we've had some really generous donations from Auto Depot, Superstore, Independent on Regent Street, so many places that have been so generous and willing to help those in our community,"
The 'Give Back Gals' are in the process of becoming a registered non-profit organization and say they are hoping to reach out to as many people as possible.