Killarney Street Squad Brings Holiday Cheer to the DTES

For the tenth year in a row, community-minded youth from Killarney Secondary's Student Street Squad group headed to the Downtown Eastside the morning of Wednesday, December 5 to hand out 500 care packages to the less fortunate.

The Killarney Student Street Squad is made up of about 60 students in Grades 8-12 who take on projects benefitting the community as well as the school. Every year, the Student Street Squad fundraises to put together care packages for residents of the Downtown Eastside.

This year, both the care packages and support from the community for the project have expanded. Graduates from the Killarney Student Street Squad who are now attending Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia have created their own groups to raise funds and gather products for the care packages, MAD for CHANGE at SFU and HOMES (Homeless Outreach Movement to Educate and Support) Association at UBC were formed to ensure this project continues in future years.

"The people in our club want to do what we can to help the less fortunate in our city," says Aliana Carlos, co-chair of this year's Killarney's Student Street Squad. "Times are even more tough this year, and the cold has set in so we want to help make life just a little bit more comfortable. We've packed these care packages with everyday necessities like toothbrushes and toothpaste, soaps, shampoo, tissues, combs and brushes, socks, scarves, food items and more. We're also handing out bag lunches and some jackets, clothes, blankets and sleeping bags. We hope that these packages will bring some cheer to these people and make their season a little bit happier."

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