Streets Alive Mission holding donation drive for winter essentials

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
November 5, 2018 - 9:32am

LETHBRIDGE – With snow early in October, and colder temperatures in the forecast this week, there’s a familiar need for those at the Streets Alive Mission to help warm the heads, hearts and hands of those less fortunate in Lethbridge. 

In a release, Streets Alive state there’s an urgent need for gloves and toques, warm winter coats and especially warm footwear, particularly for men due to the crazy fluctuations in temperatures. 

The severe weather Lethbridge had early this fall has put additional pressure on an already limited supply of warm gear at Streets Alive Mission.

Marie McLennan, Associate Director of Philanthropy, says much of what was given out earlier has been used, and as temperatures plummet, Streets Alive Mission will be struggling to meet the ever-increasing need.

“There are more and more people every week depending on Streets Alive Mission to meet their needs and, on their behalf the Mission humbly asks for the public's assistance in having enough provisions,” McLennan continued. “A few years ago, 300 coats would have been enough to provide for all the client's needs through the winter but last year, the Mission gave out 860 coats.”

Anyone who has items to spare can donate them at the Streets Alive Mission office, at 323 4th St S. 

“It's not about fashion for our clients, it's about survival. We need your help, the people we serve are depending on it,” McLennan stated.

Alternatively, McLennan says cash donations of any amount are always welcome as well as even a $50 cash gift can go a long way with the help of Mission partner organizations.

Streets Alive Mission began as the vision of three women back in 1989 to reach out to the impoverished and homeless people in Lethbridge.

In 2017, Streets Alive Mission provided over 1,069 emergency food hampers; 7,674 hours of life skills training; 5,073 nights in lodging; 5,811 full sets of clothes; 860 winter coats; and 25,170 meals served with the help of 5,280 volunteer hours for those living on the streets, shelters or low-income housing around downtown Lethbridge.

Donations can be made here by clicking on the ‘Donate’ tab or you can drop a cheque or cash off at the Mission's downtown location.

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