A handful of volunteers with Islamic Relief Canada assembled 20 winter kits Saturday afternoon in Victoria as part of the charity’s annual national Share the Warmth campaign for the homeless.
Kits included jackets, sweaters, blankets, gloves, hats, socks, soap, shampoo, sanitary pads, masks, sanitizer, and other essentials.
“It means a lot to everyone, not just to this community, but to a lot of communities considering it is the 5th anniversary of the Quebec mosque shooting,” said Hasan Sheikh of Islamic Relief Canada.
“Communities have been helping us and their support has been with us and, as always they have been supporting us, and as always we are supporting them,” he added.
The completed kits will be provided to the North Park Neighbourhood Association and the BCMA Masjid Al Iman for distribution to those in need.
“It’s been a difficult few years because of the pandemic, which has pushed even more Canadians onto the streets,” IRC’s Reyhana Patel, head of communications and government relations, said in a press release. “We want them to know we care and are here to support them. The hope is that the winter essentials will help them stay warm and healthy.”
Islamic Relief Canada volunteers have assembled more than 300 winter kits for distribution to the homeless in communities across British Columbia in the last two months.