Drop In Temperatures, Soup Kitchen Fills

By Olivia McDonald
September 13, 2018 - 3:30pm Updated: September 13, 2018 - 5:47pm

PRINCE GEORGE - As temperatures drop earlier than normal in the North, the number of homeless people heading into shelters for warmth and food has jumped fast. St. Vincent De Paul is now reaching out to the community as their facing a problem they don't typically see at this time of year. 

The City saw it's first light snowfall and hit a low of negative 7 on Wednesday. When this happens, most would crank up their heat or throw an extra sweater on. But for others living on the streets, it's not as easy. St. Vincent De Paul has seen a quick increase in their numbers of people coming to the centre to warm up and have their daily meals. 

The drop in the centre does have a few gloves and socks sitting around from last year but they are directing people over to the St Vincent De Paul Thrift Store. The store is taking donations of winter boots and warmer clothes to give to those who need them. But with the chilly weather coming a little early this year the store is asking for donations sooner rather than later to help keep people warm. 

As the number of people coming in for meals grows at the drop-in centre the cooks and volunteers are trying their best to keep up. 

St. Vincent De Paul says they are looking for more volunteers to help feed people coming through their doors as well as food donations for their pantries that are quickly becoming empty.  

 

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