Ducking into our houses to escape the ghosts made with our breaths, we grab our flannel pijamas, fleece blankets, and cozy-up on the couch to keep warm for the evening. Unfortunately for many in Vancouver, this just cannot and does not happen. Hundreds are on the streets and in shelters, without the luxury of a Snuggie or even a pair of wool socks.
I know that every one of us probably has a perfectly good coat in the closet that just isn’t worn anymore or a pair of brand new hoodies that are just a few sizes too big. This is your chance to clear out your storage spaces, boxes and bins, and give these items to those who could really use them. Here’s an easy reference list of donation drop off locations around Vancouver:
Covenant House BC
Location: 575 Drake Street, Vancouver, BC
Needed items: New hoodies, coats, running shoes (for men and women, assorted sizes).
First United Church
Location: 320 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Neeeded: Warm jackets, toques, vests, warm shirts, pants shoes, socks, and underwear.
Lookout Emergency Shelter
Location: 346 Alexander, Vancouver. Call (604) 255-0340 for drop-off instructions
Needed: Blankets and comfort items (toothbrushes, combs, bandaids)
Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
Location: 302 Columbia Street, Vancouver
Needed: Warm clothing, socks, underwear, outer wear.
The Salvation Army Harbour Light
Location: 119 East Cordova Street
Needed: Blankets, underwear, socks, jackets, gloves/mittens, scarves, and hats.
Union Gospel Mission – UGM Outreach Team
Location: 616 E Cordova Street
Needed: Warm clothing items, new and gently-worn.
Two years ago a group of people took it upon themselves to make a difference. They connected through Twitter and came together for a Tweetup Heatup, collecting coats and warm clothing donations to hand out in the Downtown Eastside. This sparked Tweetup Heatups in several other cities across North America including Pittsburgh.
One small gesture, one afternoon, can make a difference. Let’s make sure all Vancouverites can get through this cold snap.