With the cold weather approaching, the Community Harvest Food Bank is putting out a plea for supplies to help keep Castlegar’s vulnerable and homeless population warm.
The group is looking for things like blankets, sleeping bags, tents, tarps and things that can be used for ground cover.
The food bank was able to operate an overnight warming centre on the coldest of nights last year, but COVID-19 restrictions are preventing that from happening this year.
Food bank president Deb McIntosh says we should all be advocating for more supportive housing for the area.
“Their issues continue throughout the winter, no matter how cold it gets,” said McIntosh of those struggling to obtain or maintain housing.
Since local housing stock is very limited, she is also asking people with vacant suites to consider renting them out.
“People just need a chance to get their lives on track,” said McIntosh.
“At the end of the day, they’re somebody’s kid.”