A Walk in Other’s Shoes is returning to this year’s Week of Action Against Poverty. This challenge is being undertaken by individuals in the community who have interests within the health field. Participants have been asked to attempt to stay within a social assistance benefits’ budget. A single person on Ontario Works would receive $337 monthly for all of their personal needs and $384 for all of their shelter costs. Because participants cannot replicate the housing conditions realistically, shelter costs are not included within this challenge. For the five day challenge, participants will have $11 daily to cover all food and drink, entertainment, some personal supplies and transportation costs. Each day, every participant will be given a challenge card which will reveal an unexpected challenge to be completed before the end of the day.

A Walk in Other’s Shoes is not a competitive challenge. It is a challenge that raises awareness of the hurdles that people living on social assistance face daily. As we within our community develop our own understanding, we can begin to reduce the barriers that they encounter and ultimately increase opportunities for increased prosperity for all. The challenge takes place February 10th-14th, 2018.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018- the last day, the last challenge

|Happy Valentine's Day!
My day started at 5, as per norm, got up and had a mug of my instant coffee, packed my lunch up, which will be chicken burger, veggies n rice as I didn't need to have it for supper last night. Took my dog for a walk then opened my challenge envelope.
I have cut myself and do not have any band aids so what will I do? First of all I would run it under water to clean it. I would apply pressure with toilet paper. It doesn't specify how big a cut but if I can use a band aid it cant be that bad, lol. I have wonderful neighbours so if the applying pressure did not work, I would ask one of them. They most certainly would give me one.
I had just over $12 left from my $55 this morning, so when Safeway opened, as I had planned all week, I walked there and bought a package of nicely decorated sugar cookies which were on sale for $3.99 for my daughter and son in law for Valentines Day. I have made them coupons for various things like an evening of babysitting at their place etc to go with the treats.
My son and husband love cinnamon buns, so I bought some pilsbury cinnamon buns that come with icing and will bake them for them today before they get home from work. I made them coupons as well. My son loves video games, I'm not a fan. One of his coupons is for me to play video games with him for a maximum of 2 hours though, lol. My husband has a very physical job so one of his coupons is for a back rub.
I made Valentine hearts from construction paper I had around the house for each of my grand babies. My shopping adventure the other night I found a little cloth bag stamped with butterflies and flowers, that came with markers. Sophie will love it and can colour it and carry her treasures around in it. She loves stamps, like most 5 year old girls, so I also bought her a little package of Valentine stamps. Harper always has her hair in a little pony tail on top so I got her some hair elastics that are soo cute. She loves yogurt so she's getting one of those too. She won't be 2 until June so she will be happy with that. And Caleb got a little cardboard book about farm animals. He's only 2 1/2months old.
I'm pretty excited about giving everyone their gifts. Oh and I bought chocolate hearts for my son as well as daughter doesn't like chocolates if you can imagine!!!!
I asked at Safeway if I could have a band aid as I had cut myself......they said sure. I didn't take it, told them after it was just a little test as part of a challenge I was doing :)
I have $4.55 remaining. I'm going to stop at Shell on my way home from work and buy my husband a French vanilla coffee.
Life is good.

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