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Making ‘Dreams and Wishes’ come true for kids at Durham shelters

DURHAM — It’s not easy for women fleeing domestic violence to live at a shelter — but it’s especially hard to be there at Christmas with their children.

“They are so stressed about how they’re going to provide Christmas,” says Wendy Leeder, co-executive director at YWCA Durham, which operates Y’S WISH shelter in Oshawa.

Dreams & WishesMaking ‘Dreams and Wishes’ come true for kids at Durham shelters
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Santa needs help fulfilling Durham kids’ Christmas wishes

AJAX — Last Christmas, Ajax resident Mary Pomeroy-Brown was on a frantic search for the perfect gift for a little girl she had never met.

Ms. Pomeroy-Brown was looking for iCarly gear for a child whose Christmas wish list she had adopted through the Dreams and Wishes organization. Through the Santa’s Dreams programs, volunteers like Ms. Pomeroy-Brown purchase Christmas presents for children in Durham shelters including Herizon House, Y’s Wish and Denise House.

Dreams & WishesSanta needs help fulfilling Durham kids’ Christmas wishes
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