Backpacks of Love reaches its goal


The community of North Bay has once again mobilized to help those in need.

Continuing Love Backpacks with a winter campaign in late October, the North Bay Homeless Compassionate Committee appealed to the community to donate generously, with a goal of 150 backpacks and 150 bags. additional.

On Friday December 3, this goal was achieved.

“Once again, we had a great outpouring of generosity from the community! said Rebecca Riesen, main organizer of Backpacks of Love. “Organizations like The Gathering Place, the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Center, the Aids Committee of North Bay and the Crisis Center were very excited and grateful to receive the donated packages and bags as they prepared the homeless for the inclement weather. future.

“A huge thank you to the North Bay Rotary Club, Silver Birches Elementary School and HGS for being great supporters of the Backpacks of Love winter campaign. Plus, a sincere thank you to the countless people who donated essential items and cash on our days of deposit. “

The North Bay Homeless Compassionate Committee was formed just over a year ago and the Backpacks of Love campaign was born.

“With 10 churches involved and 20 volunteers through faith, service and social justice, we are responding to the urgent needs of the homeless and engaging with all levels of government to ensure that homelessness is at the center of. the political arena, ”said Leah Pierce, president.

At the end of January, beginning of February, the volunteers of the committee will lead a campaign responding to the urgent needs of the homeless in extremely cold temperatures and difficult conditions. Along with the PiT Count that was conducted October 13-14, the North Bay Homeless Compassionate Committee will apply this research to determine the number of homeless people in North Bay.

See: Local homeless count will be “a snapshot of what homelessness looks like in communities across the district”

The committee is made up of church worshipers primarily from downtown North Bay, who have come together to meet the immediate needs of the homeless. Its goal is to work with the City, existing support services and organizations to find housing for homeless people who want it.

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