For 12 years in a row, community-minded youth from Killarney Secondary's Student Street Squad program handed out 500 care packages and lunches to those living in poverty on Vancouver's Downtown East Side.
Killarney Secondary's Student Street Squad is made up of about 80 students in Grades 8-12 who take on projects to benefit the community as well as the school. Every year, Student Street Squad fundraises within the community to put together these care packages for residents of the Downtown East Side who may not be able to afford these daily necessities.
According to Shane Daly, a Killarney SSW who helps organize the Student Street Squad, the club's members are always actively involved in giving back to the community. This year they collected a range of toiletries and dental hygiene products to distribute. Students also handed out scarves, gloves, toques, jackets, and lunches.
"This annual project would not be successful without the help of our members, school, and community. We just hope to spread good cheer, raise awareness of public health issues, and to make a difference in some way," says Daly.
He says this year the Street Squad expanded their reach launching their first ever Spring Making A Difference Project this May. The project aimed to keep people living on the DTES dry and warm by distributing warm clothing items, raincoats, rain boots, tarps, and umbrellas.
Click here to read a story about the initiative from 24 Hours Newspaper. Click here to read a story about the Street Squad on the 30 Days Adventure Blog.
Photo courtesy of 24 Hours Newspaper.