HATS and HUB want to spread a little holiday joy to the unhoused in Hamilton

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Published November 21, 2023 at 8:51 pm

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Hats and HUB are working together to make sure people experiencing homelessness in Hamilton will have a little warmth, a little joy and a few essentials this holiday season.

The Hamilton Alliance for Tiny Shelters (HATS) and HUBS, a nonprofit working directly with unhoused individuals in the city, are collaborating on ‘Gift Bag for Christmas,’ an initiative that aims to collect 150 gift bags, each filled with critical essentials necessary for those unhoused.

The initiative is of looking for a variety of men’s and women’s items for the gift bags, including:

  • Gloves and mittens
  • Hand warmers and foot warmers
  • Socks
  • Underwear (men’s and women’s briefs)
  • Winter hats
  • Granola bars
  • Mini flashlights
  • $10 Tim Hortons gift cards
  • Deodorant, toothbrushes, mini toothpaste, hotel-sized soaps
  • Band-aids and first-aid supplies
  • Chapstick
  • Nail clippers, comb, hairbrush
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Mini chocolate bars
  • New or gently used blankets
  • Reusable Thermos or Coffee Mug
  • New or gently Used Blankets

“Together,” a statement from HATS read, “we have the extraordinary capacity to impact the lives of those in need profoundly.”

For more information, to arrange pick-up, or to explore how to contribute to the cause, contact Debra at [email protected].

The deadline for collection is December 9.

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