November 5, 2017
Winter clothing donations are down “at least 50 per cent” at Boyle Street versus the first snowfall last year, according to the organization’s drop-in and volunteer co-ordinator.
“I’ve never had a donation room before that looked clean before like this,” Jouni Kaikkonen said. “It’s quite organized, because there’s almost nothing in it.”
He said the centre is filled with more than 80 people at any given moment who don’t have weather-appropriate clothing of any kind.
As one of nine staff members at the drop-in, he said dozens of community members had personally asked him for warm clothing items between 8 a.m. and mid-afternoon Wednesday.
“I’ve been asked probably 35 to 40 times for articles we simply don’t have,” he said.