Carrie-Anne Pettigrew and seven-year-old son, Sonny, have their portrait taken by Stephanie Lowther of Sheila Armstrong Photography during last year’s Chilliwack Connect. This year’s event takes place on Oct. 28. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Carrie-Anne Pettigrew and seven-year-old son, Sonny, have their portrait taken by Stephanie Lowther of Sheila Armstrong Photography during last year’s Chilliwack Connect. This year’s event takes place on Oct. 28. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Chilliwack Connect set to help homeless again

Homeless and low-income residents welcome to join in day of pampering

Chilliwack Connect brings people together every autumn, to provide services to those who need them the most.

And the event is happening once again, on Oct. 28 at First Ave. Christian Assembly, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s a one-day event designed to support the homeless and low-income individuals and families in our community.

The full day of pampering includes free hair washing and cuts, foot care, free clothing, free breakfast and lunch and — most importantly — a day of making connections with the services and resources available in our community. Chilliwack Connect is a community-based event organized and hosted by local service agencies, churches and volunteers.

Last year, 150 volunteers served 460 guests, served 660 lunches, 310 breakfasts and 260 take-out meals.

This year, they are looking for 400 pairs of new socks and gloves (half for women, half for men), along with items like shampoo, deodorant, granola bars, instant noodles, and donations for the committee to purchase small gift cards. They are also looking for new or lightly used clothing for women, children and men, and 200 towels for the hair washing station.

Drop off of items is at the church, at 46510 First Ave., until Oct. 24.

To get involved, visit www.chilliwackconnect.com or connect with the donation coordinator Natasha Gilbertson at 604-226-7391.