The Nelson community continues to battle poverty and is holding a winter donation drive. Earlier this year community members participated in a communication exercise during the anti-poverty summit Nelson at its Best (above).

The Nelson community continues to battle poverty and is holding a winter donation drive. Earlier this year community members participated in a communication exercise during the anti-poverty summit Nelson at its Best (above).

Stepping Stones winter donation drive underway

Stepping Stones, the Nelson-based homeless shelter servicing the West Kootenay, is holding a winter donation drive.

Stepping Stones, the Nelson-based homeless shelter servicing the West Kootenay, is holding a winter donation drive. Between now and Nov. 2, the Nelson-based shelter is requesting donations of socks, rain gear, sweatshirts, sweaters, sleeping bags, blankets, tents and tarps, winter coats, toques, gloves, mittens, scarves and winter boots.

Now that the winter months are approaching, those who are without housing will be turning to Stepping Stones for temporary shelter.

However, with only 17 beds, there are a lot of times when the shelter is forced to turn people away and for many, sleeping on the street is their only option. With your help, the shelter can keep them warm by giving out warm clothing, footwear, blankets and sleeping bags.

If you have new or slightly used above mentioned items and would like to donate, please drop off at 816 Vernon St. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Please do not bring sheets, pillows, pillow cases, towels or other clothing as we have enough of these items for the time being.

Stepping Stones is a program of the Nelson CARES Society and has been in operation in Nelson since December 2004 with funding from BC Housing’s Emergency Shelter Program.  Over the past ten years, the shelter has provided temporary housing to over 3,500 people.

For more information contact Stepping Stones by phoning 250-352-9876 or by emailing steppingstones@nelsoncares.ca.