Nova Scotia

Turkey and underwear served up at Halifax shelter

For Thanksgiving, a Halifax shelter provides 300 Nova Scotians with turkey, pumpkin pie and underwear.

For Thanksgiving, a Halifax shelter provided 300 Nova Scotians with turkey, pumpkin pie and underwear.

On Saturday, the Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in downtown Halifax played host to a crowd who were there for more than just a helping of turkey.

"You know it's kind of a funny subject to talk about underwear, but at the same time, Souls Harbour Rescue Mission is pleased to give them out because it's something that we don't get a lot of," organizer Michelle Porter said Saturday.

"And it's sort of revolting to wear used underwear, so how great is it to go out and have new ones?"

Porter said underwear is a pretty in-demand item at homeless shelters across Canada.

"We had 3,500 pair donated on Wednesday and we're excited to give everyone a couple a pairs of those," Porter said.

The underwear was donated by two men who travelled across the country in an RV packed full of men's briefs.

Brent King and Robb Price have been donating new underwear to shelters across the country for three years now in their GotGinch cross-Canada underwear drive. To date, they've fitted more than 90,000 Canadians.

A small survey in Calgary told them briefs were an overwhelming favourite for shelter patrons.

GotGinch is part of a larger effort called, which matches charities or non-profit organizations with people and companies that can help supply needed products.

Of course, the Halifax shelter did include food with their Thanksgiving dinner.

"Well there's coleslaw, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, really it's a full Thanksgiving dinner — Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie. And the only thing is, we have to serve it. I don't think we'll get to taste it, but it looks great."

It was Bill Wozny's first year volunteering for the Souls Harbour Mission Thanksgiving dinner.

"I just think it's a good opportunity to help those who are less fortunate than we are and to do it with dignity and class because I believe they deserve to be treated that way."