Agape Table, Siloam Mission need winter clothes for homeless

With temperatures hovering around –20 C in Winnipeg, one soup kitchen and a local shelter are appealing for help to clothe the city’s homeless.

Winnipeg's homeless population seeks warmth while cold temperatures grip city

Siloam Mission and Agape Table, which help Winnipeg's homeless population, are both in severe need of donated winter clothing. CBC videographer speaks with Agape Table volunteer Joseph Tulloch and director Martina Richter, as well as Judy Richichi of Siloam Mission. 1:28
With temperatures hovering around –20 C in Winnipeg, one soup kitchen and a local shelter are appealing for help to clothe the city’s homeless.
Joseph Tulloch volunteers at Agape Table and panhandles to get enough money for a place to sleep. He does not own a jacket. (Sara Calnek/CBC)

Agape Table, a centre that provides meals for hundreds of Winnipeggers everyday, has issued a call for donations of warm winter clothes to keep their clients warm during the cold spell.

Agape Table’s executive director, Martina Richter, said the organization is desperate for donations of jackets, sweaters, boots, scarves, warm socks and mittens.

“You know, everything you would normally get in stockings — socks, underwear, even fruit, the little stretchy mitts — we need all of this,” said Richter.

Keeping warm without a place to go is difficult, according to Joseph Tulloch, a man who volunteers at the centre and  panhandles to get enough money to sleep at a shelter.

Tulloch wears four sweaters, ski pants, boots, thin gloves and a ski mask but doesn’t have a coat or mitts.

He said he helps out at Agape Table every day because “it’s warm. It’s home.”

Richter said donations can be dropped off at Agape Table at 175 Colony St. in the All Saints Church.

Agape Table isn't the only place asking for clothing donations for Winnipeggers in need. Siloam Mission is also short on everything from long underwear to jackets.

The shelter's director of development, Judy Richichi, said the shelter needs men's large and extra large jackets. What it needs most, though, are long underwear for men and women, she added.

Donations can be dropped off at Siloam Mission at 300 Princess St.

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