Friday, November 14, 2014
British Columbia’s homeless rate has increased significantly over the last decade. Research conducted by the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness
indicate that since 2002 in the Metro Vancouver area alone,
homelessness has increased by over 200 per cent, 15 per cent of which
being under the age of 25.
Find out how you can help those in need and help make a difference in your community this Christmas. A little goes a long way!Food Bank
Food BankAccording to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Society, $1 in donations can be turned into $3 worth of food. Any type
of monetary or food donation is welcome at food banks! Here is a quick
list to help you get started:
- pasta; fresh or dried
- grain products such as bread, cereal, oatmeal, and crackers
- canned goods such as soup, vegetables, fruit, and meat (tuna, chicken, etc.)
- infant foods and formula
- seasonings and spices
- meat alternatives such as soy products, peanut butter, and lentils
- baking supplies such as flour and baking soda
- dairy products; fresh, canned, or powdered
- personal hygiene products such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc.
- toilet paper, diapers, etc.
You can also find contact local food bank
and contact them to see what items they are running short on or need.Homeless Shelters
Shelters accept food donations as well
as hygiene products. Shelters are also looking for specific items to
help them equip the homeless, not only for the winter, but for the
long-term as well. Here is a quick list:
- coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and socks
- hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, razors, feminine hygiene products, etc.
- towels, blankets, and linen
- shorts, pants, and sweaters
- business clothing such as dress shirts, suits, and shoes they can use for interviews
- toys, games, and reading material
- gift cards for food, coffee, supplies, etc.
You can also contact your local shelter
to see what they need as well!Volunteer
Food banks, shelters, soup kitchens, churches,
and other charitable organizations are always looking for volunteers.
Donate food, clothing, or your time to help out this holiday and put a
smile on someone’s face.Holiday Blood Drive
Less than 4% of all eligible Canadians
donate blood each year. This December, find a clinic close to you and
help save a life. Did you know it takes at least 2 donors to help
someone through a bone marrow transplant or go through brain surgery, 8
donors a week for someone going through leukemia, and 50 donors a week
for victims of car accidents? Click here
to make an appointment or here
to find a clinic close to you.