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London Sikhs Reach Out To Sheltered Women For Valentines Day

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As nearly anyone can tell you, Valentine's Day can be a tricky holiday, especially when you're single. It's a difficult day to be alone, and one can just imagine how hard it would be to be in a homeless shelter on a day when others are celebrating.

With this in mind, this year the Sikh community in London is taking steps to ensure that women staying in shelters on Valentine’s Day aren't forgotten. Volunteers are assembling personal care packages, complete with baked treats and items like toothbrushes and shampoo, to be brought to local women’s shelters for the holiday this Friday.

The program, launched in 2012 by the One Billion Rising movement, now happens in a host of cities, including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg; this is the first year such an effort has been organized in London. For more about this admirable group, take a look at this week's article in the London Free Press.

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