The Ottawa Paw Pantry is working with a wonderful organization Ottawa needs to know about: highjinx.
Upon first glance, you may think the old house on Kent is just a second hand store with some of the coolest vintage items, but it’s so much more than that. highjinx is a place for neighbours to gather: it’s a drop in centre, a community food bank, a living room and community kitchen, a meeting spot, and a community workshop venue.
Karen and Leigh’s vision for their shop was to support the most vulnerable in our community funded by the sales of the oddities and kitsch. From donated antiques, oddities, retro items and housewares, it’s a picker’s paradise.
It has become a home away from home to many, rebuilding the traditional sense of community. No matter what the needs, the pair find a way to help out. They house the homeless, visit the sick, support seniors, feed those that can’t cook, suggest referrals, advocate, give the hard truth, bake birthday cakes, reunite families…
That’s where the Ottawa Paw Pantry comes in. highjinx’s community pantry shelves both human food and people food with no questions asked. With some of the donations we receive, we share the love by helping to fill the pet food shelf.
In addition to their community pantry, they also host Feeding Fridays. Every Friday, neighbours can enjoy a home cooked meal for anyone that drops in and needs something to eat. It’s a way to get to know their neighbours, share a good meal and enjoy each others company. Many meals are packed in To Go containers to fill fridges for a few days and food is shared as donated throughout the week to those that could use some.
We want to continue to help fill their shelves and help out our neighbours, your donations to the Ottawa Paw Pantry help community organizations like highjinx.
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