Lotus Light Responds to Extreme Weather
Distribute Hot Meal, Blanket and Care Package to Street Homeless
Arctic outflow in the Christmas week cause wind-chill temperature below or near minor 20 in Vancouver area. Vancouver breaks its 50 year record when it got as low as -15.3 C. Shelters and warm centers are opened for the street homeless to find refuge for the cold nights. However, many homeless have to lingering around street corner during daytime as many shelters and warmer centers only take-in people at night.
While the Vancouverites are enjoying their warm house cozy house for the holidays, volunteers of Lotus Light Charity Society and partner organizations go to street and hand out hot meal, hot coffee, hot chocolate, sandwiches, fruit and snacks, pastries, and care packages with glove, socks, scarf, hat, poncho and blanket to street homeless. Lotus Light Emergency Kitchen also special prepares hot meals for distributing to the people in need on the street.
On Christmas Eve, Friday Dec 24, Lotus Light volunteer and high school students of Project Hastings heading on the street to distribute Starbucks hot chocolate (sponsored by Starbucks International Village), care packages with glove, socks, scarf, hat, poncho, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit and snacks to street homeless. Project Hastings is a student-led non-profit organization, the young volunteer have already participated many Lotus Light organized events this year, including Lotus Light Community Caring Day and the Annual Winter Charity Drive 2021.
On Tuesday, the coldest day of the week, Lotus Light volunteer delivered care packages with warm blankets, sandwiches meals, hot chocolate and snacks to the homeless people living in tents under the viaduct bridge.
On Wednesday, volunteers distribute hot lunch boxes, fruit juice, ham sandwiches, and fruit snack to homeless on the street. The lunch boxes are specially prepared by Lotus Light Emergency Kitchen
On the New Year Eve, Lotus Light volunteers are heading to the street again, distributing hot coffee, sandwiches meal and snacks, socks, hat and warm blanket in the DTES neighbourhood.
The Lotus Light Winter Charity Drive, now in its 26th year, has raised community awareness and benefited Vancouver’s homeless each year since 1995, and has distributed more than 400,000 winter garments and non-perishable food items since its inception. In Winter Charity Drive 2021, with the support of Homeless Action Week 2021, corporate sponsors and community partners, Lotus Light distribute close to 40,000 items of sleeping bags, blankets, winter garments, personal hygiene and protection products, and food items were distributed to the homeless, low income families and inner city school student assistance programs.
“I have delivered these care packages with my wife every year, and to visit shelters and see people I never met. It’s so amazing for Lotus Light to give way these care packages and provide food, socks, toiletries for people on the street. Thank you so much.” said Councillor Michael Wiebe in the Winter Charity Drive 2021 presentation. Councillor Michael Wiebe has helped Lotus Light delivered Winter Charity Drive care packages to city temporary shelters for the past three years.
LLCS Covid-19 Community Caring Drive will continue partnering with generous corporate sponsors, food warehouses, local food assistance groups, and food distribution hubs to distribute much needed food to help people in need in our community. For more information on various Lotus Light’s charity programs, please contact us by email:firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 604-685-5548, or visit lotus light website: http://vllcs.org/. Lotus Light Charity Society registered number: BN 14110-4893-RR0001.