With temperatures expected to fall to as low as minus eight degrees overnight Friday, people who are living rough in the Downtown East Side are feeling the cold like few others.
But they don’t do it completely without the help of others.
Maria McKenzie works at a Save on Foods in North Vancouver, she says she and her workmates bought a bunch of clothes from work and made over two hundred sandwiches, then handed them out from the back of a car in the DTES.
She said, “Last year was raining, cold… it was the same, this year we just wrapped warmer clothes for them.”
“It’s Christmas; share, share, be nice, be kind!, she added.
As for how much time it takes to put everything together, McKenzie says, “… It takes us a lot longer to make the sandwiches than it does to get rid of the bags, within the hour at 250 people.”
Front line homeless support workers in the DTES have told CKNW that there are more homeless people there than there are beds.