You can double the impact of holiday donations to help local woman and children fleeing abuse

A group of local YWCA Peterborough Haliburton supporters are matching donations up to $88,500 until December 31

A woman with a young child. (Photo: Josué AS)

“A future free from abuse doesn’t belong on anyone’s wish list.” – YWCA Peterborough Haliburton

Your donations this holiday season to help local woman and children fleeing domestic violence will go twice as far, thanks to the generosity of local supporters of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton.

During YWCA Peterborough Haliburton’s “The Gift of Safety” holiday campaign, all donations made until the end of December will be matched dollar for dollar up to $88,500 — a matching donation record for the non-profit organization providing support and crisis services for women and children.

The matching donors from Peterborough and Haliburton County are Jennifer Fraser, Olivia and Gord James, Linz Hunt of Electric City Real Estate, the Ontario Insurance Network, Herod Financial, and local Desjardins Insurance agents Tammy Lee Hanlon, Kirk Norris, Kyle Harrington, Mike Harrington, Todd Spalding, and Brian Mulligan, along with five anonymous donors.

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On any given night, more than 6,000 Canadian women and children sleep in shelters because they aren’t safe at home. Like most women’s shelters in Ontario, YWCA’s Crossroads Shelter and Haliburton Emergency Rural SafeSpace (HERS) and support programs only receive partial government funding and rely on community donations to cover basic operating costs.

With gender-based violence intensifying during the pandemic and the demand for supports continuing to grow, the need for funding has reached critical proportions.

You can donate to YWCA Peterborough Haliburton online or by phone at 705-743-3526. All donations made until midnight on December 31 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $88,500. If you wish, you can designate your donation to go to either Peterborough or Haliburton County.

You can also sponsor a woman and child in Peterborough or Haliburton County, including gifts and a special meal or grocery cards to offer a little extra care and support throughout the holidays.

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Another option is to purchase gift cards and mail or hand deliver them to YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. Gift cards offer women the freedom and autonomy to select needed supplies and gifts for their own children — something that may not have been possible when they were trapped in an abusive relationship.

The gift cards most requested by women using the organization’s services are $25 denomination gift cards from Walmart, Sobeys, President’s Choice (Loblaw’s and No Frills), Glecoff’s Family Store in Haliburton County, and Canadian Tire, as well as prepaid gas cards, prepaid credit cards, and pizza gift cards.

For more information about YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, visit


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