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Hands for hot meals needed during cold snap

A Port Coquitlam church helping the homeless during the cold snap needs a hand.
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A Port Coquitlam church helping the homeless during the cold snap needs a hand.

Trinity United Church is seeking volunteers for its extreme weather shelter program — as emergency alerts are declared — to:

• set up the shelter at night and serve a hot meal, between 9 and 11 p.m.;

• take down the shelter in the morning and serve breakfast, between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. or 6 to 8 a.m.;

• monitor grocery supplies;

• and clean blankets.

The extreme weather program at the Prairie Avenue church offers 20 mats to people without homes, during the worst winter nights until March 31.

The program kicks in when the Tri-Cities extreme weather response co-ordinator sends out an alert. Service agencies, police and bylaw officers are notified of the additional shelter spots.

The church shelter is open overnight only and is closed during the daytime.

To volunteer, call the church at 604-942-0022 or email Coun. Nancy McCurrach at mccurrachn@portcoquitlam.ca.