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Why the City of Kelowna says you shouldn't give donations directly to the homeless

Two barrel heaters were provided to residents of the new homeless tent city behind Kelowna Curling Club.
November 27, 2019 - 2:29 PM

If the sight of dozens of men and women weathering the cold in tents is moving you to offer up items that will keep them warm, the city has some instructions.

In a fact sheet posted to its website, the city answers the question: "Should I drop off stuff to help keep the people sheltering outside warm?"

To that, they more or less say "not directly."

"Please do not drop off items directly to those sheltering outside given that they do not have a lot of personal storage locations available to them," reads the statement. "If you are looking to support those living without homes in our community, the following agencies provide services and support for people experiencing homelessness and you can ask them what items are needed on any given day."

  • CMHA Kelowna
  • The John Howard Society of the Central Okanagan
  • Kelowna Community Resources
  • Kelowna Gospel Mission
  • Metro Kelowna
  • Now Canada
  • Okanagan Boys & Girls Club
  • Salvation Army

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