Thanks to you our 2016 Gift of Warmth was a huge success! Thank you all so much for your generosity!
As many of you may know, we have been collecting warm items at our Vancouver Regional Recycling Bottle Depot since October 3rd. These items were collected, donated by our clients, in order to be given to our binner clients to help them stay warm in the colder months.
Our binners are part of the population that collects beverage containers throughout the city and return them for the deposit refunds that they receive. These folks spend much of their time outside, and it has been a very chilly start to the winter.
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Warm Clothing for All
We requested warm clothing for our binners, and the community responded! We had 4 racks stuffed with warm jackets, and tables & bins filled with pants, sweaters and more. In addition, we had shoes, boots, socks, underwear and many other items that are needed to stay warm and dry.
Our binners were given the opportunity to shop the items, able to take all that they needed without question. They were all amazed at your generosity and so grateful for the warm items.
Warm Food too!
In addition to all of the great warm items our binners had to choose from, there was also plenty of hot food too! We served up a BBQ that featured all beef hot dogs and plenty of spiced (not spiked) apple cider. All of our Saturday clients were invited to join as we huddled around our BBQ to share the warmth.
Thanks to our sponsors, we had a raffle for a refurbished bike and draws fo $100 gift cards. Santa stopped by for a visit, and the folks of ZTV also joined in the fun. In spite of the cold a good time was had by all!
Regional Recycling would like to thank:
Fashion FX Exchange http://www.fxfashionexchange.ca with their large donation of new clothing,.
Dakota Group http://dakotagroup.ca for their much-needed clothing racks,
Ride On Bike Shops www.rideon.com for their generous donation of 2 refurbished mountain bikes given away the day of the event,
The donations from the public and
Our customers- their sincere desire to support the homeless was overwhelming. Again thank you all!