Winter Warm-Up in Chilliwack was a wonderful collaboration, according to Steve Esau, the organizer for 2018.

About 400 lined up for lunch and community connections in Chilliwack

Chilliwack organizer calls Winter Warm-Up 2018 a ‘wonderful collaboration’

It was a chance for those in need to get a free hot lunch, and some warm clothes to stay toasty this winter.

The inaugural Winter Warm-Up 2018, formerly Chilliwack Connect, on Saturday saw about 400 people lining up for lunch at Evergreen Hall.

“This year we actually changed it (from Chilliwack Connect to the Winter Warm-Up) to have a bigger focus on providing services and winter clothes,” said Steve Esau, of PCRS who chaired the organizing committee.

READ MORE: Most vulnerable invited to connect

Warm clothing, books, a photo booth, and tons of info about local services and organizations was on offer for free — as well as a free lunch.

Esau called the event a “wonderful collaboration” and it’s a way for health and social service agencies to connect with the community.

Chilliwack Salvation Army’s Emergency Response Truck was parked outside Evergreen Hall and they helped serve up more than 400 hamburgers and fries over the lunch hour. An estimated 300 people accessed the various services, like the free clothing racks.

The Warm-Up event had help from more than 40 volunteers, as well as many community groups, donors and sponsors making the event meaningful.

“Without these volunteers this event would not have happened, so a big thanks goes out to all of them,” added Esau.

READ MORE: Youth facility coming

READ MORE: Faith community response

signoff

Just Posted

Chilliwack woman on Team B.C. staff for 2019 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship

Tana Mussell will serve as team trainer as Team B.C. defends the gold it won at the 2018 NAHC.

Glass recycling is back in the ‘Wack this spring

Council voted to approve purchase of 30,000 grey tubs for glass recycling in Chilliwack

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Jan. 14 to 20

Agassiz Community Gardens hoping to find new home at old McCaffrey school

The society has been looking for a new location since its previous gardens were sold in October

Chilliwack Trustee Barry Neufeld says he’s the victim of workplace discrimination

Left out of liaison duties in the district, Barry Neufeld says he’ll be bringing legal action against the school board

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Manure company causing ‘toxic’ stink at Abbotsford school seeks permit

Property across from King Traditional Elementary cannot operate manure facility without permit

Vancouver city council endorses free transit for youth

Mayor Kennedy Stewart will write a support letter to TransLink

Most Read