Steelworkers' winter clothing drive deemed a success

By Greg Fry
December 19, 2017 - 2:56pm

KAMLOOPS — Christmas came early for patrons of the Canada Mental Health Association's Clubhouse on Seymour Street today.

This as the United Steelworkers dropped off four big bins full of winter clothing to help out the city's homeless population.

"We ran that drive for two weeks and the purpose of the drive was to collect warm winter gear — clothing and bedding — for the CMHA," said USW Local 1944 Unit 8 President Jordan Mohle. "We initially started off asking our members for donations of unused gear and we expanded that to the general public as well."

He said he came up with the idea after noticing what he thought were more homeless people on downtown streets.

"I work downtown and saw a fair number of people in the alleys and in the streets, more than in previous years for sure," Mohle said. "And winter was coming, it was getting colder and we saw a need that we were happy to meet."

 

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