Kelowna's Gospel Mission sees spike as cold snap hits

Mission busy in the cold

While the Okanagan freezes during the cold snap, more people are heading to Kelowna's Gospel Mission. 

"We're one of the places that's open during the day for people to stay in, so our daytime business has been much busier," says executive director Randy Benson.

However, the shelter is currently at capacity for overnight hours, as all 76 beds are taken.

"With the other agencies opening up a couple cold weather shelters, it seems as a community we've been able to keep up with the need," says Benson.

Cold weather also means the need for warm clothing and blankets is high.

"Jackets, toques, gloves ... long underwear is a big item this time of year, and also warm socks," says Benson. "Any donations like that are greatly appreciated."

The Mission is also looking forward to the ninth annual Strides to End Homelessness Walk coming up on March 1. Paul Cluff, a Re/Max realtor, is kicking off the event with a $10,000 donation. 

"We were unexpectedly surprised when Paul Cluff started us off with this incredible donation," says Benson. "It couldn’t have come at a better time."

The walk departs from the Laurel Packing House on Ellis Street. Those wanting to participate can click here for more information.

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