Protest outside Kelowna City Hall calls for more help for homeless

'More help for homeless'

A protest held outside City Hall Monday demanded more resources for the homeless at a designated camp beside the Kelowna Curling Club.

"What we are asking for right now is just 24-hour emergency service," said Kelowna resident Shilo Ashbury.

About 50 protesters said if the city cannot provide an indoor shelter, a second warming tent and better heating should be provided at the outdoor site. They also said it's unfair for the campers to be forced to set up and tear down every day.

Ashbury said the city should tell the public what can and can't be dropped off to help out those at the tent camp. Recent donations were confiscated by security guards.

The group plans to be at the tent city tonight to help the homeless set up.

"Think of the stuff that you would use while you're camping – hot shots, heating pads, food, and hygiene wipes," said Ashbury.

She hoped the protest would fuel immediate action.

"When you come down and you talk to these people, they are real, genuine people," she said. "Let me tell you, even at their hardest times right now, their spirits are kicking better than ours are, so we just need to show a little compassion."

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