Calgarians were blessed with an unprecedented mild winter that year, with temperatures consistently hitting the mid-to-high teens that lasted into December.
While many of us enjoy spending time outdoors this late in the year without bunching up, the harsh reality remains that winter is not only uncomfortable but also unsafe for many members of the community. For those who don’t have access to basic necessities like reliable shelter and essentials outdoors like coats, boots and gloves to protect themselves from the elements during the cold months, winter in Calgary can be very scary.
There are a number of local organizations across the city that work to help the less fortunate survive and thrive during the snow season and later in the year. Founded in 1996, Project Warmth Society of Alberta has provided essential outerwear to the disadvantaged and homeless in the Calgary area for nearly three decades.
The “Project Warmth” initiative encourages the Calgarians to take a look through their homes and use their gently used winter items for a good cause: “Many of us have these basic items. That old blanket, jacket, or clothing that we no longer wear can make a huge difference to those in need. ”
Project Warmth’s approach is focused on helping as many people as possible, whether by connecting directly with individuals or by helping other local organizations meet their needs. “We’re here for everyone,” said Gordon Hoffman, founder and president of Project Warmth Society in Alberta.
Since 1996, Project Warmth has offered more than 1 million warm clothing for individuals, schools, social services, focal points and shelters across the city. In partnership with the City of Calgary, Project Warmth accepts donations to any fire station.
In addition to accepting and redistributing donations, Project Warmth has also provided help in the form of reimbursements to social organizations that have bought warm clothing for their customers.
Hoffman said the organization faced obstacles during the year as it was forced to adapt to the precautions and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, community support has remained intact and they are busier than ever. “It was very encouraging to see, in these troubled times when so many people are in so much stress and agony,” says Hoffman, “that individuals are still very concerned about helping others in their community.”
There are a number of ways you can get involved with the Project Warmth Society in Alberta and help build a better future for the disadvantaged members of the Calgary community. In addition to donating new or carefully used winter clothing, you can also make a monetary donation to Project Warmth or apply for available volunteer opportunities.
Due to the current pandemic restrictions, the delivery to local fire stations was limited to the delivery of donations in the yellow containers in the parking lots of 4 stations:
- South Calgary Fire Station 5
3129 14 Street SW
- Forest Heights Fire Station 12
123 44 Street SE
- Midnapore Fire Station 26
450 Midpark Way SE
- Royal Vista Fire Station 34
16 Royal Vista Way NW
For more information about the Project Warmth Society in Alberta and how to get involved, visit https://www.projectwarmth.ca.
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