What a great event we had Saturday, Dec. 14th! Thank you to everyone who came together to create this wonderful day supporting our community.
We were so impressed with the thoughtfulness and care people put into their donations for our 4th annual Gift of Warmth event. Clothing donations poured in during October and November and continued throughout the day of our event. Bags of warm gear, clothing, blankets, new socks, and underwear arrived at our Vancouver Regional Recycling Bottle Depot daily, as well as a huge load of clothing collected through SPUD.ca’s annual bin drive.
Special thanks to 8-year-old Eliana Koubi of Coquitlam. After seeing us on social media, she organized a drive at her school and collected blankets and clothing for the Gift of Warmth. She came to the event with her mother, and a full cart of warm gear she had collected!
Thanks to the generosity of our Regional Recycling customers and people like Eliana, our binner community sorted through tons of warm clothing & winter gear to help them face the elements throughout the winter. The clothing included $2,700 in new socks and underwear purchased using bottle refunds donated by our customers throughout the lower mainland.
We broke out the BBQ and served over 400 customers, many of whom are our regular binners, all-beef hot-dogs & hot apple cider. We had plenty of fresh bananas and oranges, donated by SPUD.ca, and dry goods donated by another generous customer for take-away.
The generosity did not stop there! We’d like to thank the following community partners:
– Ride-On Bike Shop donated 10 repurposed bikes that were quickly snapped up!
– The amazing team from Working Gear, who joined us for the day, provided safety pants, vests, and coveralls for those who needed it.
– And, for the 4th year in a row, a team from The Binner’s Project joined us.
(If you’re not familiar with any of these organizations, please check them out! They’re good people doing good things.)
Regional Recycling also wants to thank more good people doing good things – our team and volunteers whose participation made this event such a success. This event does not happen without them!
And last, but certainly not least, we are so grateful for the support of the media who shared this event before, during and after, providing increased awareness and donations. With their support, all who joined us were able to find warm winter gear.
Thanks to CKNW’s Lynda Steele @steeletalk, Malcolm Parry of the Vancouver Sun – @VancouverSun, and Kari Kylo of Soma Works, as well as @vanmag_com, @vancouriernews, @globaltv, @cbcvancouver, @VIAwesome, @MISS604, and @BT_Vancouver. (Links to stories/articles below)
Please follow our Regional Recycling Facebook Page to see our upcoming 2020 events, including next year’s Gift of Warmth Saturday, Dec. 12th, 2020.
To learn more about how you can support this event, please email us. We’d love to hear from you.
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Vancouver Magazine Gift of Warmth
Vancouver Courier Article: Gift of Warmth for Vancouver Binners
Recycling Products News: Gift of Warmth Supporting Binner Community
Vancouver is Awesome: Gift of Warmth Campaign for Warm Clothing for Binners
CBC Vancouver: Recycling Depot Collects Winter Donations
City Vancouver (CKVU) Gift of Warmth – Breakfast Television Vancouver
City Vancouver (CKVU) Breakfast Television Vancouver
CKPG Prince George (CKPG) Gift of Warmth on Breakfast Television
CFJC Kamloops (CFJC) Breakfast Television
CTV Two London (CFPL) CTV News London
City Vancouver (CKVU) CityNews at 6 Vancouver
News Talk 980 CKNW News Talk 980 CKNW at December 2nd 2019 5:53 PM
CTV Two Windsor CTV News Windsor
Gallery of Images – Gift of Warmth 2019