UBCO nursing students helping HOPE Vernon keep people on the streets warm

Nurses helping HOPE

UBC Okanagan School of Nursing students are helping the local street community.

The students are teaming up with HOPE Vernon to host a winter clothing drive Saturday at the People Place, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Highly requested items include winter coats, women's leggings, hoodies, blankets, socks, hats, gloves, bras and other basic items.

“We’re also looking for items such as hair brushes, combs, hair accessories and Christmas chocolate,” said Caitlyn Parkinson with HOPE Vernon.

HOPE is also looking for volunteers to help with its various programs, such as nighttime outreach.

The nighttime program connects with the homeless and exploited women in the Central and North Okanagan.

Volunteers go out seven nights a week at dusk in Kelowna and Vernon with supply bags, including hygiene items, snacks, warm clothing, harm reduction supplies, and more.

HOPE also operates a bad date program and a Narcan program.

For more information, visit their website.

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