In 2016, DeRico Symonds a Youth & Community Worker from Halifax, Nova Scotia recognized a need and realized that throughout the year not all families are excited when the Holiday season comes around. Coming from the Bayer’s Westwood Public Housing community in Halifax also known as “The Pubs” DeRico Symonds has had a fair share of humbling experiences himself. Spending over 10 years working in a variety of communities in the Halifax Regional Municipality DeRico Symonds has recognized that the Holiday season doesn’t always mean fun, smiles and great food for everyone.
Since 2016, The Give BACK has raised approximately $17,404 from community member donations in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The money raised helped provide 170 families across HRM with a Holiday meal, toys for kids or a grocery gift card. The Give-BACK, since 2016, also donated approximately 150 pounds of canned goods and $1,374 to Feed Nova Scotia.