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Canadian Catholic killed in London Bridge attack inspires charitable gifts

(Credit: Frank Augstein/AP.)

TORONTO, Canada – The death of a young Canadian Catholic woman during the London Bridge attack has inspired people to help save lives in their own community.

Christine Archibald, 30, whose family lives in British Columbia, died in the June 3 attack that also claimed seven other lives and injured 48 people.

The Archibald family, parishioners of St. Rita Parish in Castlegar, British Columbia, released a statement June 4 describing Christine Archibald as person who “had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected.

“She lived this belief working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance,” the statement continued. “She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death. Please honor her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labor or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

Since the statement was released, the hashtag #Chrissysentme emerged across social media from people who have donated to Castlegar charities in Archibald’s honor.

Covenant House Toronto and Covenant House Vancouver, Catholic agencies for homeless youth, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of gifts.

“We are deeply moved by the #Chrissysentme movement and the acts of love occurring in response to the tragic violence in the London attacks,” Kristy Hayter of Covenant House Vancouver, told The Catholic Register in Toronto in an email.

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