Union Gospel Mission handing out backpacks for homeless
Backpacks that are said to be custom-built for the needs of people who are living on the street are set to be distributed for the first time in Abbotsford and Langley.
“Demand is through the roof,” said Jeremy Hunka from the Union Gospel Mission. The backpacks — produced in partnership with the Citypak Project and Wolfe Auto Group — proved to be popular when they were handed out last year in Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey.
With homelessness growing in eastern parts of the Lower Mainland, organizers decided to distribute bags to Abbotsford and Langley as well.
According to UGM, “the custom-built backpacks are specifically designed for life on the street, featuring a builtin rain poncho, compression straps for bedding, reflective straps, durable material and anti-theft loops.”
With the help of Wolfe Auto Group, UGM will hand 750 bags over to organizations that work with the homeless across the region. At least 300 of those will be distributed in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford.
“After witnessing the impact these survival bags had on individuals last year we knew our good deed went a long way,” Wolfe Auto Group’s Tristan Schon said in a media release. “We really wanted to bring Citypak to charities in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley again this year.” email@example.com
The Union Gospel Mission distributing Citypaks to homeless people across the Lower Mainland beginning on Wednesday.