Andres Ariza wrote -
Hi! I live in Vancouver, B.C. and consider myself privileged to have an insulated home now that winter has officially arrived. However, that is not the case for many people out there, specially in Vancouver during the colder months of the year. Because of Vancouver's privileged geographic location, we experience the kindest winters here. Temperature never drops dramatically nor do we wake up to our cars covered in a dump of snow. This condition seems appealing for many and attracts most of Canada's homeless population from as far as other provinces. Were these people to stay on the streets where they spend the majority of the year, they would end up having real struggles (hypothermia, frostbite, pneumonia....) Now, I know what many of you may think: If Vancouver's weather is not that bad, why set out a fundraising for Coats&Sleeping bags? Well, precisely because of the numbers of people that will start arriving downtown (in addition to the current homeless population already here). Being in a what becomes a shelter hub for many, makes me compelled to try and help as much as I can. Don't get me wrong, just because Vancouver's winter are mild doesn't mean cold isn't real. So I encourage you all to help out my cause with as much or as little as your heart can give, do it as a one time thing this holiday season and you and I will provide insulation for 15 (that's my personal goal) people this winter!