February 10, 2019
The Artic winds hit Metro Vancouver heavily this weekend, bringing in a snowfall warning issued today with up to 10 cm of snow expected. As the temperature dipped below zero, and the heavy snowfall started around 1:00 pm, many of whom were outdoors were planning on heading home. While many are able to return to the comfort of their warm dwellings, many homeless in Vancouver had nowhere to head to, except wander the streets waiting for the shelters to be opened.
On this cold bitter day, volunteers at the Lotus Lights Charity Society hit the streets with care packages and donations from sponsors to offer a bit of warmth to the marginalized. Speaking to the group, everyone was in good spirits, bracing themselves against the snowfall while tugging along trollies of items to be handed out; the generosity of sponsors and the offer of care which can lift the spirits of a vulnerable population was the driving force.
Speaking to one of the volunteers, it couldn’t have happened without people coming together and donating to the cause. This time, LLCS, was able to offer a hot cup of coffee from Starbucks on Main Station, and fresh bread from Terra Breads of Olympic Village and Bread Affair on Granville Island. LLCS had also prepared care packages that included snacks and drinks, along with necessities including: lip balm, Band-Aids, wet wipes, a scarf, gloves, hand warmers.
Other Vancouverite also showed their care for street vulnerable. A lady driving by with her daughters happened to have two care packages prepared for people on the street with the intent of helping those in need. They offered the packages to the volunteers to hand out in support of the cause as well.
An individual who had been walking to find a shelter for the night was extremely grateful for something hot as he scrambled to find a place for the night. Another sat down beside the volunteer group to finish his coffee and pastry. After going around the block, LLCS stopped at the corner of an intersection on Gore and Hastings, to hand out the remaining packages and food items. Many more came up to ask for a little bit of something to get them through – each person was grateful and extremely thankful to the sponsors and Lotus Light volunteer who came out when it is most needed. Without the help of volunteers and donors, this would not have been possible. With snowfall forecasted again this week, LLCS anticipates a need for more donations.
In the spirit of its motto “Through caring and learning, we help to build a better tomorrow” Lotus Light Charity Society (Vancouver) is a registered non-profit charity dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in our local community. For further information of Lotus Light’s charity programs, please contact: Lotus Light Charity Society (Vancouver), #200-357 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1P3
Tel: 604-685-5548, email: llcsvancouver_at_gmail.com