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Friday, December 5, 2008

Stuff the Bus on December 6th!

The annual Stuff the Bus Blanket and Jacket Charity Drive starts its tour of Vancouver right here at Grouse Mountain tomorrow, Saturday, December 6th. Items received go to support the homeless through the St. James Community Service Society.

Estimated number of homeless in Metro Vancouver according to the march 11th Homeless Count

The approximate number of people who live in Single Room Accommodation (SRO) in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (2007 Survey)

The estimated population of the Downtown Eastside either 'unwell' or 'in crisis' according to Vancouver Coastal health

Approximate number of seniors (65+) in Vancouver who live alone. 25,000 is also the approximate number who have an income less than $15,000 a year.

Estimate number of people in Vancouver living with mental illness: 1/3 of people will mental health disorder also have a substance use disorder

Estimated total number of people in Vancouver living on low incomes (2005 Statistics Canada Census)
Please bring any blankets or warm clothing you may have to the bus parked at the base of the mountain (across from the Skyride terminal in parking lot A) from noon to 5pm. Stuff the Bus continues across Vancouver until December 12, 2008.

"Stuff the Bus" Drop-Off Locations:
December 6th: Grouse Mountain
December 7th: Vancouver Aquarium
December 8th: Costco Downtown
December 9th: BC Ferries (Tsawwassen-Swartz)
December 10th: Harbour Air
December 11th: Town Pants concert at Richard's on Richards
December 12th: Capilano Suspension Bridge
Go root through your closets and pull out the stuff that doesn't fit and the stuff you haven't worn in a couple of years. Chances are, there's someone else who needs it.

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