By Vancouver Relief Team (Originally in English)
With deep concern for vulnerable individuals during the cold winter months, Supreme Master Ching Hai lovingly asked our Association members to help ensure that those in need stay warm, with funds available for reimbursement. During the winter of 2012-13, members of our Association relief team from Vancouver, Canada collaborated with the city’s Covenant House to help the less fortunate who had to endure the bitter cold outdoors or were able to take refuge in shelters.
Covenant House is funded by a Catholic priest who, 35 years ago, saw the need to provide shelter and other services to Vancouver’s at-risk youth. Its primary focus is to assist those who often do not have outside support in leaving unfavorable situations or to help young people who are no longer able to remain living at home. According to its website, “more than 1,500 street–involved youth come to Covenant House Vancouver each year to find sanctuary and a brighter future.” In addition, Covenant House staff members regularly visit at-risk youth on the streets to offer sandwiches and support.
After purchasing supplies with CAD$8,683.44 (US$8455.64) in contributions from our Association members, and assembling gift bags containing blankets, toques (close fitting caps), scarves, jackets, gloves and thermal socks, the relief team distributed the items to those most in need. Then, on December 20, 2012, the team delivered 40 bags to Covenant House. On December 23, an additional 40 bags were taken to The Front Room, a drop-in center operated by South Fraser Community Services.
With directions from the staff, the team gave the bags to men and women residing there. After leaving The Front Room, the team members distributed additional bags to a number of other people living on the streets, who happily accepted the unexpected Christmas gifts.
The following week the remaining gift bags were taken to the extreme weather shelter operated by Ladner United Church in a suburb of Vancouver.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association
for Cold Weather Relief Work in Vancouver, Canada
|Jackets, pants, and T-shirts||7686.00||A|
|Hats, socks, blankets, hand warmers, emergency blankets, and others||997.44||B|