Ape Ship Giving Tuesday Donation Drive Helps Those Most In Need This Holiday Season

By
Hamed Amiri

With the cold weather already here and Christmas just around the corner, Ape Ship held its GivingTuesday Donation Drive from Wednesday, November 24th – Tuesday, November 30th, 2021.

GivingTuesday is often referred to as the “World’s Biggest Day of Generosity” and the local Delta community definitely showed how generous they are. We received dozens of donation items from local businesses and individuals, which with the help of Union Gospel Mission, will be handed out to those most in need this holiday season.

“We are so appreciative for the support that our local community has provided every year. People on the DTES will receive warm blankets, thermal socks and other items before it gets very cold,” says Ben Martin, president and CEO of Evolution Group of Companies.

All the winter clothing, undergarments and blankets that were collected will be directly given to individuals living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).

“The DTES residents are always so thankful when we hand out stuff to them in person. It feels great to make a difference in someone’s day,” says Martin.

According to the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, a total of 3,634 individuals were identified as homeless in the Lower Mainland in 2020. Many of these individuals suffer from hypothermia, pneumonia, and other harsh conditions that can even sadly lead to death.

“A lot of the residents are dealing with mental health related issues and are in survival mode. Mental health issues don’t have to end in hypothermia if we all pitch in a little,” says Ben Martin.

It has been a challenging year for everyone as we continue to navigate through the pandemic, but it has been especially hard on our homeless population.

“Save up those warm socks, gloves and blankets and Ape ship will be happy to get them to people in need,” says Martin.

On behalf of the entire Ape ship team, we want to thank everyone for their generous donations!

About Ape Ship

Ape Ship is a courier and freight company that provides small parcel to single pallet delivery to local businesses in Lower Mainland. We are the preferred carrier for lower mainland healthcare and B.C. long-term care facilities.

At Ape Ship, we believe in being community minded and service oriented, while providing fast and reliable deliveries.