Advertisement

Ski pants and bags of fruit: Gift requests from Winnipeg kids bring tears to paramedic's eyes

Ski pants and bags of fruit: Gift requests from Winnipeg kids bring tears to paramedic's eyes
From CBC - December 7, 2017

Winnipeg paramedic Connie Bazin did not know what to expect when she launched a gift-giving project that allows schoolchildren in need to choose a present they'd like most.

The responses brought tears to her eyes.

One child asked for his own ski pantsbecause he had to share a pair with his siblings. Another asked for a backpack becausethe old one was lost in a fire.

Other childrenasked for cold-weather gear like coats, mitts and tuques. One asked for a bag of fruitapples, oranges and bananas.

"I was very proud of them for not asking for an Xbox. They [were] asking for things that they truly needed," Bazin said.

The Winnipeg paramedic seeshardships peopledealdaily basis through her job, and was inspired to start Tags for Tots after hearing about a similar project in New York City.

This year, the project is working with two Winnipeg schools. Bazin and her husband made tags that were dropped off at the schools, and teachers helped students write their wishes on the tags.

The tags are then hung on a tree at Winnipeg Fire Station 11, where people can pick a tagand then drop off the gift once it hasbeen purchased.

Advertisement

Continue reading at CBC »