The Anita Project
Anita was a passionate advocate for our community, a natural leader and a strong supporter of United Way, with a soft spot for women living in poverty.
Anita passed away in the summer of 2018 and a group of her friends decided that the best way to honour her legacy was to organize what they have fondly called "The Anita Project". A group of her friends and members of a volunteer group she belonged to, raised nearly $16,000 to purchase and pack over 2,000 hygiene kits for local people in need. Each kit was labeled "Lovingly purchased and assembled for you in memory of our dear friend Anita".
Over the course of two days filled with laughter and tears, heaps of hygiene kits were prepared for pick-up by local agencies. One agency representative stopped in while assembly lines were in full force, she told the women "I wanted to come in and thank you. We were in desperate need of these items, wondering how we were going to get them. That’s when we received the call from United Way. Thank you so much, you’re all angels..."
"It’s at times like this when we know this is what she would have wanted" said one of the organizers, speaking warmly of Anita. The kits are filled with essentials for personal hygiene including items such as; shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and deodorant amongst other things. Agencies from across the region have benefitted from this initiative, stockpiling hygiene kits and ensuring they reach the people who need them the most. Thank you ladies!
In loving memory of Anita Elizabeth Robertson, 1960 - 2018.