We’re excited to announce that our annual Gift of Warmth event is back! We’ve collected donations for our binner population 2 years in a row, and are back at it again this year! Please join us as we collect items for our binner population! Help us support our community.
What is the Gift of Warmth?
Several of our depots have a high percentage of customers who are binners. These people in our community spend long periods of time exposed to the elements and with limited resources are often unable to properly outfit themselves.
With the Gift of Warmth we gather donations from our community that we, in turn, provide to our binner customers at a free BBQ. During the BBQ, where we serve all-beef, organic hot dogs, provide fresh fruit and hot beverages, our binner customers can “shop” the donations and take all that they need to face the cold winter months ahead.
All donations that remain at the end of the day are gathered up and donated to local shelters and other organizations that support the binner community and the homeless.
(Please note that all of our Regional Recycling locations take clothing donations year-round in DDA bins in our parking lots. Those bins support the Developmental Disabilities Association. The Gift of Warmth is a separate program.)
What does Binner mean?
binner \`bin-ner\ – noun. 1. A person who collects redeemable containers and other things from bins to sustain their livelihood and to divert waste from landfills; a dumpster diver.
Often these people are also homeless, or live in shelters.
Our First Annual Gift of Warmth
Our first gift of warmth was in 2015, and we were really pleased with our first try at this event. With our partners Mission Possible and Call2Recycle we reached out to our community to collect donations of clothing and hosted a free BBQ for our binner population to add to their supplies to face the winter ahead. The clothing and the food was well received by all, and we had a wonderful day!
In 2016 we decided to do it again! We were joined by more sponsors, got a lot of amazing donations, had a local station join us, and had more people benefit from the generosity of their community.
It was a bitterly cold day, so the hot coffee and hot spiced apple cider were in great demand! Santa stopped by to the delight of our youngest volunteers. The success of that event convinced us that doing an annual Gift of Warmth was a really great idea.
2017 Gift of Warmth
Our 2017 Gift of Warmth clothing drive begins October 7th. You are asked to donate warm, gently used clothing at our Vancouver Regional Recycling located at 960 Evans Avenue before Dec 2nd 2017.
We will host a BBQ at that same location on Dec 2nd from 10AM to 2 PM.
Stay tuned for more details.
If you would like to volunteer for this event, or if you would like to partner with us on this event, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us at [email protected]