The older I get, the more challenging Alberta’s freezing temperatures become; for me and my family. We are hardy enough to tolerate a mild winter day but once the temperature drops to the extreme cold of the minus twenties, and we wake up to 10 inches of snow on the ground, I don’t even want to leave my house. I think of the day when I no longer have the physical ability to remove all that snow and wonder how I’ll manage when I’m retired with a fixed income.
For these few months of the year, I try not to complain to myself about the cold, early mornings as I leave the luxury of my warm house and embark on a journey in my temporarily cold car on the slippery winter roads to get to work. I remind myself that despite the fact that I’m unable to move to a sunny location, I’m fortunate to have a warm, safe place to live, and a job that pays a living wage.
There are many people in the Alberta Capital Region who endure our winters under unbearable conditions. Imagine what it’s like for people in poverty. They live with the stress of how to pay the heating bills, or worse, how to pay the rent.
Imagine, the stress for people experiencing homelessness whose safety is compromised because they live outside when the temperatures drop. These vulnerable citizens in our community struggle daily to survive and their challenges definitely increase during the winter months.
While I have the income to provide housing, heat and warm clothing for myself and my family, many in our community do not. Please remember these people and although the typical season of giving has passed, there are many wonderful agencies that will accept your donations to help keep families and individuals warm this winter season. To give families or individuals new or gently used winter clothing, donations can be dropped off at:
- United Way office at 15132 Stony Plain Road
- Page the Cleaner at 11416 – 142 Street, Edmonton
To make a donation and get more information on helping families in need, explore our website.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance with food, clothing or any other essentials to get through the cold winter months, contact 211 Edmonton. Just dial 211 in the Edmonton area or 780-482-4636 outside of Edmonton. Identify your needs and the resourceful staff can assist you. Alternatively, you can also access information through the 211 Edmonton website.
Winter in Alberta is tough and nobody wants to be left in the cold.