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Meet Taijah and Rhea. Taijah Cox-Armstrong and Rhea D’Souza are undergraduate students and roommates who are providing “street survival kits” to people who are experiencing homelessness in Ottawa during the pandemic.

“I feel like everyone’s clearing out the stores and not worrying about the man who’s outside with nothing to eat, nothing to drink and nowhere to sleep,” said Taijah.

Taijah and Rhea hope to distribute 300 kits to people in the ByWard Market. The care packages include items such as socks, biscuits, tuna, toothbrushes, soap and first aid kits.

Each package also includes a hand-written message from the students: “Be safe, better days coming.”

This is not the first time the students have assembled and distributed kits for their neighbours. Last summer, Taijah launched an initiative called The Lotus Project, and assembled and distributed 160 kits for people in her hometown of Mississauga.

Read the full CBC News article here.

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