Megaphone needs your help to raise $45,000 this winter.
Read Brenda's story of hope below and the cheesy joke she chose just for you!
What did one snowman say to the other snowman … Do you smell carrots?!
You can credit that cheesy joke to Megaphone vendor Brenda, who is always ready to share her bright smile and warm laugh. For the past 20 years, Brenda has been able to rely on Hope in Shadows to bring in meaningful income to support herself and her beloved nieces and nephews during the holiday season.
“As soon as I heard about the opportunity to sell Hope in Shadows calendars from a friend, I ran down to become a vendor. I knew it would be extra Christmas money for me and my family to get by,” Brenda says.
Brenda is no stranger to the challenges of poverty, inadequate housing, substance use and marginalizing barriers faced by many living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She has lived in a building on the corner of Main and Hastings, in the heart of the DTES, for the past 12 years and faithfully spends her days on the frontlines distributing harm reduction supplies and offering a listening ear (and a corny joke!) to those in need.
Yet, Brenda is determined to spread positivity, generosity and hope in her community. The Hope in Shadows calendar has helped her do just that.
“I am really grateful for Hope in Shadows. I love that it represents the community with photos of the community, for the community, in support of the community.”
Brenda can be a ray of light in her community because of supporters like you. We are so thankful.
Would you consider donating to Megaphone this winter so we can continue offering meaningful work and creative opportunities to vendors and storytellers like Brenda?
Please note: Your tax-deductible donation, made to Hope in Shadows Society. (Charitable Registration #888360104 RR 0001) through this page, supports the charitable work of the Hope in Shadows Society (Megaphone).
Hope in Shadows is a charitable organization creating positive social change for people and communities impacted by poverty and marginalization. Their projects empower, educate, and provide training to low-income people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and beyond. Hope in Shadows' flagship project is the annual Hope in Shadows photography contest and calendar. Hope in Shadows also works with Megaphone Magazine to do this charitable work.