Clothing for homeless critically low: Main Street Project

Main Street Project is asking for donations on some essential items, especially summer clothing, as temperatures rise in Winnipeg and the charity runs low on some supplies. @EdwardDjan1 has more.

Have summer clothing that may have gotten tighter over the pandemic, or some that’s been sitting too long at the back of closets or drawers? These items could make a big difference for those experiencing homelessness.

Empty shelves meant to hold t-shirts and pants, and racks with barely any clothes hanging on them.

Main Street Project has turned to social media to ask for help, to collect seasonally appropriate clothing and personal hygiene products.

“We’re critically low on clothing items for our community members at this time,” said Cindy Titus, communications specialist with Main Street Project.

Shelves at Main Street Project critically low. (Photo Credit: Edward Djan, CityNews)

“The sheer volume of people that Main Street project supports means that we go through donated items very quickly. You know, all of our programming sees people who often come to us with literally the clothes on their back. And so, they need items urgently and quickly.”

As high Winnipeg summer temperatures is just around the corner, the need for seasonally appropriate clothing is urgent.

“Really, we want people when they’re purging their closets. It’s spring-cleaning time. If they have items that they’re looking to get rid of, ideally summertime items. So, things like t-shirts, shorts, summer fitting, sneakers and then new socks and underwear. We’d really appreciate those types of donations.”

Shelves at Main Street Project critically low. (Photo Credit: Edward Djan, CityNews)

And while Main Street Project is asking for specific summer items right now, the charity serves Winnipeg’s most vulnerable, will accept donations of all kinds, at all times.

“We’ve been operating since 1972. And we provide services to the community, which includes people who are experiencing homelessness, mental health issues and substance use issues. So often people are very marginalized and don’t necessarily have the supports that they need in order to get the items that they need, and so many people rely on us for those items.”

Donations can be dropped off at 75 Martha Street.

Volunteers from the charity can also help with donations by calling 204-612-8274.

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