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Annual Gift of Warmth gets underway in Vancouver as temperatures continue to drop

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The annual Gift of Warmth is underway

Items will be given to people who bring in recyclables to the Vancouver Regional Recycling depot

Organizers are asking for gently used blankets, sleeping bags, underwear, and socks

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –¬†Vancouver Regional Recycling is getting ready for their annual Gift of Warmth, an event aimed to give warm clothing to so-called “binners,” people who gather recyclables to return for cash.

General Manager Jason Smith says it’s a way to give back to people in need.

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“We want to make sure that they are taken care of because it is such a large population,” Smith adds. “And hopefully, give them an opportunity to take a step forward and give them an opportunity to get off the streets possibly.”

He says homeless people who bring recyclables to the depot will be given everything they collect.

They are asking for gently used blankets, sleeping bags, socks and underwear.

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“I see these folks every day, I see the struggles that they go through, and they’re trying to make a go of it but you know, they’ve got issues that they’re dealing with that prevents them from keep moving forward,” Smith adds.

The items will be given out at a BBQ at the recycling depot on Evans Avenue near Glen Drive on Dec. 15.

People interested can bring their donations to the depot on Evans Avenue.