The Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society along with Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association got a lot of support this year with the Turn Down the Heat campaign.
Dawn to Dawn president Richard Clarke said Comox Valley residents donated “an amazing amount of warm clothing.”
“At the end of the week we collected between us about four carloads of sweaters, jackets, coats, some sleeping bags, blankets, toques, socks and knits.”
Toques were sold from coast to coast with 80 per cent of the proceeds being donated to local organizations. For the people who purchased hats there was an ‘on the house’ pancake brunch Feb. 4 to thank the people for their contributions.
Last year, $600 was made on hat sales and this year they hope to make $1,000.
Clarke believes homelessness can be stopped, but it will take a lot more work.
“There is an on going need. One homeless person is one too many, but there are many more than that and there are many people who are precariously housed who are in danger to being homeless.”
Clarke said he wants to thank the Comox Valley community for assisting the cause.
“We really appreciate the ongoing generosity of Comox Valley residence, business, service representatives, organizers and municipalities.”