Give the Gift of Warmth to Vancouver’s Binner Community This Season

Until December 15, Vancouver Regional Recycling and Spud are accepting donations of winter-wear for one of the city's most vulnerable groups.

December 12, 2018

By Ali Hodroje

As many in Vancouver will know,  the weather takes a sharp turn toward the cold beginning in December and up until late January. Temperatures were just in the negatives last week.

Thankfully, many organizations are hosting events to ensure that at-risk populations have access to warm clothing to get through the region’s cold months.

One such example is the Gift of Warmth. Launched though a collaboration between Vancouver Regional Recycling, Spud, Binners’ Project, and Working Gear—the event encourages donations of winter clothing, which will be given to members of Vancouver’s binner community.

Binners are people who make their living by collecting recyclable material, such as beverage containers, and bringing them to depot centers. But, as Jason Smith, general manager at Regional Recycling Vancouver, notes, “[m]any of the people who are considered binners are from at-risk populations, and often the money made from returning beverage containers doesn’t cover their basic necessities.”

Donation items needed for this group include new adult male socks and underwear; gently used adult male warm winter-wear such as sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, jackets, outerwear and footwear; and outdoor gear such as tents, tarps, blankets and sleeping bags.

Contributions can made at the Vancouver Regional Recycling Depot (960 Evans Ave.), from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Saturday (December 15), and at Spud’s warehouse at 1660 E Hastings St.

A special Gift of Warmth BBQ will also take place on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will offer food and opportunities for members of the local binner community to pick out clothing items they need.

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