EDITORIAL: Help bring warmth in the bitter cold

As this is being written, the mercury says the outside temperature in Kamloops is -21 C.

That is bone-numbing cold.

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While most of us will be forced to turn up the heat in our homes and use that nifty remote device to start our cars, what do the city’s homeless do?

When the wind-chill values bring about a frostbite warning, what do those on the street do to stay safe?

That is precisely the question we set out to get answered whiloe compiling a story on Tuesday — and the replies were sensible: stay close to resources, stay in groups, bundle up, create windbreaks and keep moving.

But no matter how many layers of clothes one wears and regardless of how sturdy a temporary shelter, the homeless in our community can also use help.

A smile and a hot coffee can be a godsend. Some hot food can brighten a day and warm a belly. Simply acknowledging someone’s plight and asking if there is anything you can do can make a massive difference in the life of someone living on the street.

Beyond those measures, Kamloopsians can donate much-needed cold-weather items to the three homeless shelters operating: Out of the Cold in St. Paul’s Cathedral, downtown at Nicola Street and Fourth Avenue; The Mustard Seed New Life Community, downtown at 181 West Victoria St.; and the Emerald Centre, downtown at 271 West Victoria St.

Some of those shelters could likely use volunteers.

Other organizations in the city also help the homeless, from churches to Love Hard Kamloops to the Salvation Army. Any of those organizations would welcome donations and volunteers.

We should all remember that there, by the grace of God, go us.

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