Crystal & Callie Costello

$160.00 raised of $1,000.00 goal

Crystal & Callie Costello

Callie's Backpacks for Winnipeg's Homeless
Community Champion

Callie,14 years old, founded Callies Backpacks For Winnipeg's Homeless 3 years ago. She along with her mom, Perkins Restaurants, "Callie's Crew", & faithful individual, groups and corporate supporters, helped to collect, fill, and given out over 3100 backpacks to guests at Main Street Project, Salvation Army, Red Road Lodge, Selkirk's, St. Francis Place, Siloam Mission and to "friends" on the street.

Callie and her mother, have raised &donated over $7000 by participating in "Ride for Refuge", in support of Main Street Project, "The Coldest Night Of the Year", in Support of -Resource Assistance for Youth, and "The CEO Sleepout.".

Callie has been the recipient of numerous awards including: The Manitoba Hero Award, CBC-Future 40 Under 40 award, Volunteer Manitoba's - Lieutenant-Governor General 's Volunteer Award, Her Schools, Community Service Volunteer award, Winnipeg Blue Bomber Community Service Award, as well as Ace Burpee's 2015 List of 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans.

Callie gives speeches about her homeless friends and is not afraid to educate people on the barriers they face now and past trauma that has led them to their life situation.

Callie, Crystal and friends, started a project called #Costumes4Kids, where they gave out over 2400 Halloween Costumes For Under Resourced families in the last 2 years.

Crystal, Callies mother, gave up her 20+ years in sales to make a difference in the lives of children. She received her education for Educational Assistant and she enjoys working with children, especially those with Autism, FAS and those "At Risk".

She founded a support/resource group for families of Autistic Children called," Autism Manitoba For Parents and Caregivers" 6 years ago. She runs an online Facebook group, a Coffee night/Support Group, Family get togethers, and tries to connect parents to services they need.

Crystal also volunteers on numerous committees including : Street Store- Winnipeg ( for Homeless and Under resources), ADAPT- Association for Developmental Autistic Programs And Therapies, Helping Our Northern Neighbours, as well as Callies Backpack Project and Costumes4Kids.

She is an advocate for Human Rights to Basic needs and supports in order for people to thrive, in the homeless community, those with ( dis)Abilities, mental heath & addiction Issues, Indigenous Rights, or everyone's right to to safe and affordable housing.

Crystal believes that the only way positive change can come is by acceptance, love and kindness, meeting a person where they are at, building relationships and letting them be part of the solution.

Change starts with "us" and not "them". There shouldn't be no "them"-only "US".

Crystal is a proud mother of two amazing daughters and is " Glam-ma" to the cutest 1 year old grandson in the world.