Check out our latest feature in OkotoksOnline for our towel drive:
After hearing a desperate cry for donations a local charity is stepping in to give those in need a hand up.
Baby It's Cold Outside, is a local charity that focuses on helping those going through rough times and lifting up the homeless population in our area.
B.C.O Founder, Pamela Morgan says Calgary shelters getting dangerously low on towels and linens, things that many people might take for granted.
"Right Now the Drop In Centre and the Mustard Seed, both in Calgary are in dire need of towels." Morgan says that covers all types. "Whether that be bath towels, hand towels, face cloths or kitchen towels, we'll accept gently used or new."
When we envision a homeless person, we tend to have a specific image in mind of what that person looks like, what they do or don’t do, who they are. We revert almost automatically to the simple stereotypes that we are so familiar with. We think things like: unclean, dirty, drunk or high, unemployed and looking for handouts. They sleep on the streets, probably under bridges and on park benches, and some of them might go to shelters. They might be violent, dangerous even. If you give them a handout, they will just go spend it on alcohol or drugs.
What we often fail to acknowledge during this thought process is the person. We can get so caught up in stereotypes, that we forget that we are even capable of looking beyond them.
We are a charitable organization based in Alberta, Canada. We are devoted to helping the homeless through various fundraising events, clothing and essentials drives, and our eventual goal is transitional housing.