We recently heard of a group called Clotheson-Wheels. We had never heard of it before, so decided to find out about it.
After a few phone calls, we discovered it is a registered charity started by a mom and dad and ably assisted by about 120 volunteers. It visits schools around the Lower Mainland offering free clothes and shoes to the children who are going to school without coats and with huge holes in their shoes.
Along the way it came across approximately 100 families who had very little food. It now buys groceries for these families on a weekly basis.
We dropped some clothes off at the school it was visiting, and it was truly wonderful to see the excitement on the children's faces as they went around the clothes racks. A very generous person provided them with a huge trailer for the clothes and some stores and bakeries donate food, but amazingly, most of the money for gas and food comes from the volunteers.
But as Sanja Poitras, the executive director, said, "We get lots of clothes donated, which is really great, but our greatest need right now is having sufficient money to pay for gas and continue providing food for the families."
We are not connected with this charity in any way, but it was a truly humbling experience to watch the volunteers at work and see how they are helping those in need. We thought, if we all took just a few dollars out of our Christmas budget, we could really help them continue their good work.
This is not about Christmas gifts, but helping some of those not so fortunate get through another week. If you would like to send them something, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June and Jim Pearson