Fall has undoubtedly arrived in Vancouver. Beyond the morning frost, we’ve actually had some snow fall; Winter is definitely on it’s way and it’s going to be a cold one!
The Get Warm Project is a blanket and goods drive aimed at bringing awareness to Vancouver’s homeless population, and outfitting these individuals with the necessary supplies to survive the biting winter weather. With over 2,600 homeless individuals in Metro Vancouver, and forecasts projecting that Vancouver is in for its coldest winter in 20 years, the timing of the project couldn’t be better.
From November 2011 to February 2012, ‘Get Warm’ donation boxes will be found in various locations throughout the Metro Vancouver community. Individuals will be able to drop off any coats, blankets, and other supplies that will help the homeless stay safe and warm this winter. The goods will then be picked up on a bi-weekly basis and dropped off at the Union Gospel Mission, where they will be given out to those in need.
Vancouverites can also support the Get Warm Project by hosting their own donation boxes at their schools, work places or neighborhoods. Anyone interested in hosting a ‘Get Warm’ box can contact the project’s founders, Sara McKenna at [email protected], Shauna Beaudoin [email protected], or Krista McKenna at [email protected] for more details.
The short term goal of the Get Warm project is “to keep members of our community safe and warm with proper equipment and supplies during the winter seasons by actively involving members of our community to easily take part in and
access the ‘Get Warm’ cause.” In the long-term, the project hopes to create a lasting positive change and “establish a wider community discourse about homelessness and poverty, and actively work towards ensuring that all members of our community are safe and have access to food, supplies, shelter, and greater standards of living.”