The homeless can’t escape the cold, which is why you’re being asked to help in a ‘Survival Drive’ in the Comox Valley.

From now until November 12th, you can donate tents, tarps, sleeping bags, backpacks and warm winter outerwear, all in clean and in good working order.

They’ll be distributed to those who have no choice but to sleep outside in inclement weather.

Donations can be dropped off at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 1755 13 St, Courtenay up to the 12th, or brought to Simms Park on Nov. 13 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

The ‘Tent Event’ on Nov. 13 is a tent testing party from 12:00 to 4:00pm at the Simms Park Pavilion. 

The tents will be set up during the event to test their viability, and as a visual reminder to the community that there are those among us sleeping outside during the winter.

There will be a DJ onsite providing music to keep volunteers dancing and warm during the cold afternoon, and an open mic for those who may want to share their stories and experiences regarding homelessness. 

There will also be hot beverages and a chance to connect with local outreach workers and support services. 

Donated items will be shared between Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society, Wachiay Friendship Centre’s Homelessness Outreach Program, Comox Valley Transition Society’s Homeless Outreach Program, AVI Community Health Services and the Care-a-van mobile health unit.