New Westminster – Homeless and low income individuals are invited to choose a warm winter coat for themselves at Lookout’s Russell Housing Centre. Coats have been generously donated by both residents and Value Village to the New Westminster Police Department’s Take One Leave One coat rack, which resides inside the lobby of the police department.
“We acknowledge that the lobby location for the Take One Leave One coat rack can be a barrier for some,” stated Sergeant Jeff Scott. “We were inspired with the large number of donations to make a second coat rack and bring it directly to those who can benefit. This is a great example on ways police and individuals can come together to show compassion for our community.”
Police officers know firsthand that vulnerable populations in New Westminster need warm coats to stay safe this winter. The department choose the format of a coat rack in order to give low income individuals an opportunity to choose items they want and like. This is the second year the department has collected and made available warm winter coats, and they have been overwhelmed by the generosity of residents and partnering organizations.
“Thanks to the noble work of the New Westminster Police Department and their strong ties with local outreach organizations like the Russell, Value Village is truly grateful for this opportunity to help,” stated Dominic Mount, Area Development Manager for Value Village. “Sharing with others makes life meaningful.”
Those in need of a warm coat, regardless of their circumstances are invited to go to either location and choose a warm coat. The coat rack at the Russell located at 740 Carnarvon Street is currently available to those in need and can be accessed 24 hours a day. The coat rack at the police department located at 555 Columbia Street can be accessed from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.