There are 300,000 homeless in Canada and sadly there is not enough space to house them all, even in emergency conditions. To combat this, Taxi (a design firm) came up with a jacket that will help keep someone who is homeless alive for a night. While I find this solution a sad reflection on how Canada sees the poor, it is better than having people freeze to death from exposure. Clothing designers have some up with the 15 Below Jacket and they intend to give 3000 of them out across Canada this winter to help people survive extreme cold (here are the technical details and the test results) The Salvation Army will be distributing the jackets to shelters across Canada where from there they will be given out to people.
Speaking of jackets, Mark’s Work Warehouse and Sleep Country are both collecting winter jackets for the Salvation Army. Believe me, they need them. At the Centre we gave out over 100 jackets last year plus hundreds of toques, mitts, scarves and warm socks. Many of them went to kids. If we see someone come in dressed in clothing that isn’t as warm we would wear, we get them bundled up. We saved some from freezing to death and a lot of people from frostbite and stuff like that.
You can drop off your “slightly used” and clean winter jackets at either one of those companies or at the Salvation Army. If you are in Saskatoon, bring them directly down to 339 Avenue C South as we always appreciate them.
You have no idea how much people need good winter wear in Saskatchewan (and across Canada) until you don’t have it yourself.