Warming Edmonton: Blitz’ Clothing Drive for Bissell Centre

I’ve been blessed to have the opportunities in life.  I didn’t grow up in a wealthy family nor am I living a life of luxury.  I’ve been gifted with a life of just enough but never too much so that I may never take anything for granted.  I cherish only one thing in life and that is human interaction and creating communities that are present to assist others in need.

We had made a commitment to utilize our resources in order to reach out and lend a hand to others in the greater community in our third year and we have chosen to continue to assist the Bissell Centre in their work to eliminate poverty in the community.  The clothing depot at Bissell Centre, called the Community Closet, has 8,000 client visits annually and they often come to get clothing two or three times per year.  Each visit clients are able to select two outfits but as the cold weather approaches the total number of visits increase.  Bissell Centre often fails to keep up to the demand for winter clothing of all sorts.

Bissell Centre has been around for more than 100 years.  Our similar passion for community made it a natural choice to partner up and provide support for those who are less able to provide for their own daily or seasonal basic needs.

Blitz Conditioning will now be a centre collecting winter wear for those living in poverty and those who are homeless.  We want to start collecting and creating awareness before it gets too cold.  It’s not unusual for Edmontonians to rally around those who are struggling to meet their daily basic needs when the cold weather hits, when snow storms are happening or when the Christmas season is in full swing but that is simply too late.  The homeless community will need coats, mitts, gloves, scarves, toques, thermal underwear and more prior to the first cold snap.  Before any of those times hit we’re is asking people to bring new or gently used winter clothing to their studio the last two weeks of October.  Our goal is to fill 50 large bags with warm clothing in the next two weeks!

Help keep all Edmontonians warm! Go through your closets and be generous as you decide how you can support the community.  When you have dropped off your donations please post a message on your Facebook page, write something on your blog, and/or mention it on twitter with the hash tag #warmingYEG and @BissellCentre and @BlitzEdmonton on Twitter.

Let’s make eliminating poverty a community movement.  This movement starts with one step and it’s yours to take!

About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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