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In Nelson, struggling to make ends meet is a familiar reality for many.

In Nelson, struggling to make ends meet is a familiar reality for many. In recognition of this, Community Connect Day is an annual event that provides access to a wide range of free services and activities all under one roof.

Organizers are extending a warm welcome for community members to visit this year’s event.

Relax and enjoy an Oso coffee while taking in local music at the café area; create and contribute to art making projects; and check out a variety of free services.

There will be over 20 booths on-site this year offering everything from dental exams, haircuts, flu shots, acupuncture, employment counselling, warm winter items, and much more. Kootenay Kids Society will provide child minding and fun kids activities. The Nelson Fire Department will be dropping by with truck tours for the kids too.

“It’s a great day with a positive atmosphere,” says Katie Tabor, organizer with the event. “Many of our lives are touched, at some point, with struggling to make ends meet. This event recognizes our common ground as a community; the fact that many residents face challenges in making ends meet; and that we can take a community approach to taking care of each other.”

The fifth annual Community Connect Day is a free and inclusive event. It happens this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central School Gym (811 Stanley Street). A free shuttle leaves on the hour from the Salvation Army store front on Vernon Street, starting at 10 a.m. and going until 1 p.m.

Community Connect Day is organized by the Nelson Committee on Homelessness and made possible by the support of sponsors, volunteers and contributors.