The lower mainland of British Columbia is blessed by very few white Christmas’s and we always wish for that magical moment when we wake up to a snow filled wonderland. For those in the lower mainland, we are blessed to be so close to Mother Earth and share the beauty she provides. One hour to the ocean. One hour to the snow filled mountains. It’s fair to say that I love living here.
It’s been snowing in the lower mainland, off and on, for a couple of weeks and it’s also brought some very arctic, frigid air. For those indoors, it’s not a problem but there are so many people who do not have a home and this weather is a bad omen and no blessing. Homeless people are trying to stay warm in tents but it’s hard to stay warm where there are no real walls. There has been at least one fatality in the last two weeks, of a homeless woman whose tent caught on fire. The heat source she was using may have caused the fire.
If people want to help the homeless in the lower mainland there are a lot of great organizations who are looking for cash and other donations. It’s amazing how valuable a warm pair of socks and shoes with no holes in them can be to someone who doesn’t have them.
Here’s what you can do to help:
- Donate socks and shoes to local shelters
- Donate cash to local organizations helping homeless
- Donate your time to serve a meal to the homeless
- Donate food to local food banks
- Donate food to local organizations who provide meals for homeless
Places to donate to:
First United Church Vancouver https://firstunited.ca/get-involved/
Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/
Raising the Roof http://www.raisingtheroof.org/
It’s not about how much money you spend, some of us do not have extra money, it’s about the time you give and the kindness you share with others. Reach out to your community today and help those who need the help the most.
From our family to yours,