City’s bin­ner com­mu­nity in need of warm cloth­ing

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - TIF­FANY CRAW­FORD ticraw­[email protected]­media.com

As Van­cou­ver’s weather turns frosty, the need for warm cloth­ing be­comes more ur­gent among Van­cou­ver’s home­less and bin­ners.

Van­cou­ver Re­gional Re­cy­cling, SPUD.ca, the Bin­ner’s Pro­ject and Work­ing Gear have again teamed up to col­lect cloth­ing do­na­tions at the Van­cou­ver re­cy­cling de­pot at 960 Evans Ave. from now un­til Dec. 15.

SPUD.ca’s weekly bin pro­gram will also be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions.

Through­out the Gift of Warm event, bin­ners, peo­ple who make their liv­ing from pulling re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als from the garbage and re­turn­ing them for deposit re­funds, will have the op­por­tu­nity to find win­ter items.

Van­cou­ver Re­gional Re­cy­cling gen­eral man­ager Ja­son Smith said in a state­ment that many bin­ners are from at-risk pop­u­la­tions and of­ten the money they make from re­turn­ing bev­er­age con­tain­ers doesn’t cover their ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties.

He said do­na­tion items still needed in­clude new adult socks and un­der­wear, gen­tly used adult win­ter wear such as sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, jack­ets, out­er­wear and footwear.

They are also ac­cept­ing out­door gear such as tents, tarps, blan­kets and sleep­ing bags.

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