In hopes of helping hundreds of less fortunate Canadians across the country, Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) is launching its first Operation Holiday Helping Hands.
As part of this new initiative, VETS Canada volunteers will volunteer at local shelters and drop-in centres to serve hot meals to those in need from coast to coast on Saturday, Dec. 10.
“At VETS Canada, we especially understand how important it is to provide a hand up to those in need,” says Jim Lowther, VETS Canada’s president and CEO. “As the Holidays draw near, it is easy to forget the fact that thousands of individuals across our country are struggling to stay fed and stay warm. This national initiative will encourage some much-needed dialogue regarding the ongoing issue of homelessness and food insecurity amongst Canadian Veterans and civilians.”
VETS Canada is also encouraging all Canadians to take part in Operation Holiday Helping Hands and volunteer at shelters or drop-in centres in their communities.
VETS Canada is a national volunteer-led charity that aids at-risk of homelessness and homeless veterans transition to civilian life. Since 2010, the organization has helped more than 1,400 veterans. Also, a Veterans Affairs Canada service provider, VETS Canada helps to move veterans from the streets to shelters or into affordable housing, securing food support and needed health care, connecting to community services and resources, and helping facilitate re-entrance info the work force.