© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
YWCA Our House shelter program co-ordinator Rose Bird is seen with winter jackets the shelter gives away to anyone in need -- a pile that has grown significantly since last week’s call for donations.
Within a week of a story appearing in the Daily Herald about their critically low collection of winter-appropriate clothing, the YWCA Our House shelter has plenty.
“The whole basement’s filled,” shelter program co-ordinator Rose Bird said on Friday. “We’re using another room to start filling up with blankets.
“We’ve got lots of gloves and mitts and tuques, scarves and clothing -- men’s and women’s … I think we’ve got enough for now.”
The community truly banded together in the effort, Bird said, noting that countless people have walked through the Our House shelter’s front doors with donations of items that will help keep the city’s less fortunate warm during the winter months.
“The community really supported it” she said. “The homeless people are very thankful – not just from the Our House but from the streets, as well.”
In last week’s Daily Herald story, Bird noted that a number of the city’s homeless population wander the streets all night due to a lack of place to go.
“They're cold, so they'll walk around, and then they'll stop here in the morning for coffee to warm up," she said.
Although they currently have a more than ample pile of clothing and blankets to pull from, such a state is always a temporary thing.
Those interested in making donations can continue to drop them off at the YWCA Our House shelter at 94 15th St. E. anytime, since the facility is open 24-7.