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Get your submission in now for Horizon’s Community Health Recognition Awards

Are you wondering if it's worth the time to apply or nominate someone for Horizon's Community Health Recognition Awards (CHRA)?

We checked in with Code Red one of Horizon's 2019 winners to see how the $500 benefitted the work they're doing!

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Code Red, based in Saint John is a non-profit group is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers who build period packs from donations.

These packs are distributed monthly to ensure women who are marginalized or experiencing homelessness have access to hygiene products each month. These packs are provided to women at no cost.

Pam Wheaton, board president of Code Red, said with the $500 prize, they were able to get a banner made for events, window decals for the agencies they work with to help promote that their packs are available there.

"As well, we have a small storage unit where we keep our donations, so it helped pay for that, as well as products," Pam said. "While we get lots of donations, sometimes we need to purchase specific products we're short on."

On a monthly basis, Code Red distributes approximately 200 period packs - that's around 2,400 for 2019!

Pam said while they don't work directly with clients, their partners tell them how much the women appreciate that these products are available on a regular basis.

"It's one less thing to stress about. It may seem like a small thing, but to any woman who's started her period and didn't have product on hand can appreciate, it's a stressful situation," she said.

Pam said when they heard they won, they were very touched and pleasantly surprised.

"There are so many amazing groups doing great work all over our province, it was incredibly kind and appreciated that someone saw us as worthy of the nomination (and a selection)," Pam said. "We have been plugging along for three years solely on donations, so to have an infusion of some money was a big deal!"

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Donations can be dropped off anytime at Heartbreak Boutique, at 94 Germain St. in Saint John.

Clients can pick up packs at the following locations: Avenue B, Coverdale Centre for Women, Oasis, Urgent Care at Horizon's St. Joseph's Hospital, Nic Nicolle Centre, Carleton Community Centre, Port City Pharmacy, Teen Resource Centre, People United in the Lower South End (PULSE), Salvation Army, Family Resource Centre, the Pregnancy Resource Centre and the YMCA.

Horizon's Community Health Recognition Awards make a difference

The CHRA is Horizon's way of celebrating individuals and organizations who are making a difference to improve health and wellness in their community

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A total of 15 awards are handed out by Horizon, three each for the Fredericton, Miramichi, Moncton, Saint John and Upper River Valley areas. Winners receive a certificate, a glass award and $500 to support their work to help people be healthy.

Learn more about our previous winners:

Visit horizonnb.ca/awards to learn more.

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