As Metro Vancouver bakes in the early parts of summer, advocates for the homeless say those living on the street are facing the worst of the heat.
Keela Keeping of the Union Gospel Mission says it’s easy to forget the little luxuries we take for granted, that actually make a big difference.
“People that are homeless, they just don’t have anywhere to go and they often aren’t welcome in certain places that are air conditioned. And they generally have compromised imume systems as well so things like extreme weather and the heat have a deeper impact on them then on the average person,” she says.
“They’re in survival mode, and they’re used to being uncomfortable, they’re used to ignoring what their bodies are telling them, so that’s where they get at risk of heat stroke.”
With a long hot summer ahead she says the mission badly needs donations to help fight back.
“Anything the average person would know that they need on a hot summer day, so water bottles, sun screen, hats shorts, or even light clothes that are long to help protect from the sun — that’s something we desperately need.”
With temperatures forecast to hit the 30’s this week, there will likely be no shortage of demand.
Those interested in helping can visit the Union Gospel Mission’s website to see what items are most in demand.