Winter Charity Drive 2016: Councillor Kerry Jang and LLCS Volunteers visit HEAT shelter
Winter Charity Drive 2016
Councillor Kerry Jang and LLCS Volunteers visit HEAT shelter
Vancouverites were experiencing much inconvenience from the freezing temperature and heavy snow falls in the last two weeks. But in contrast, there were many less fortunate residents who are still living in the streets. Lotus Light Charity Society’s Winter Charity Drive 2016 immediately delivered much needed sleeping bags to the homeless, with the help of community partners.
When the weather forecast predicted freezing temperatures and heavy snow falls, the Charity immediately delivered sleeping bags to the homeless on the streets as an emergency weather response, with the help of community partners which included the Vancouver Downtown BIA Embassy Team and Strathcona BIA Security Patrol Team.
LLCS volunteers delivered Winter Charity Drive 2016 care packages to Vancouver HEAT shelters, including RainCity House Shelters (1648 E. 1st Ave and 1401 Hornby St.), Direction Youth Services (1138 Burrard St.), PHS Shelter (49 W Cordova St.), Salvation Army Shelters Anchor of Hope (134 E Cordova St.) and Harbour Light (119 E Cordova St).
In the afternoon on Dec 17, 2016, LLCS volunteers and Vancouver City Councillor Kerry Jang were greeted by Chaplain Jordan of the Salvation Army Shelter at the Harbour Light shelter at 119 E Cordova St., and handed out care packages, personal care products, boxed juices, chips and hand-made-soap gift sets, and wished all the residents a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This winter, the LLCS Winter Charity Drive 2016 donated 1000 sleeping bags, 1000 winter care packages and 500 lunch meals, with a total of 30,000 items to community partners: the Homeless Outreach Program, Vancouver Police Department, the BC Ambulance Service, the City of Vancouver’s HEAT Program, Lookout Society Surrey and Abbotsford Shelters, Progressive Housing Society Burnaby, Integration and Outreach Richmond Team, the Ministry of Social Development of BC and the Salvation Army Shelter Richmond House. LLCS also distributed hundreds of care packages, sleeping bags and lunch meals to the DTES homeless and impoverished residents.