With temperatures ranging from low to mid 30’s, nonprofits are working hard to make sure everyone in town is properly hydrated.
LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. – When it’s that hot, some Albertans may choose to move into a cool, air-conditioned basement.
But for those who live on the streets, or in and outside shelters, this is not an option.
“There is no place to go to protect yourself from the heat and therefore, where the library may be close or people have smaller load limits in some of our stores or what not where people would find shelter, shade is the best you can find, ”said Lethbridge’s general manager Interfaith Food Bank Danielle McIntyre.
“If we can at least get them a bottle of water while they cool down, that’s a step in the right direction to keep them safe.”
The two local food banks, Streets Alive Mission, the Sage Clan, My City Care and Food Share have all teamed up to collect bottled water to distribute to the city’s vulnerable population.
The goal is to collect 10,000 bottles for what should be a long and hot summer.
“We saw the heat wave coming. The forecast was right so one of the things we did was get our water supply. We wanted to make sure we could donate water on those hot days.” , said Pieter Van Ewijk. , the administrative and financial director of Living Streets Mission .
“We are still in the early days of bottled water collection, but the community of Lethbridge is very generous. When we have a need, they jump on it.
COMING TO WORK BY BIKE
Jesse Tabor is a man who certainly appreciates this generosity after cycling about 80 km from Claresholm to Lethbridge.
“I did, and there are actually some Good Samaritans who have extra drinking water because I didn’t know the trip was so long,” he said.
“[Streets Alive] this is where I get my water. I mean, they help a lot. They are there for the clothes when you need them too. I came here to buy some shorts because I’m dying in my normal clothes. “
Tabor is currently staying at the Alpha House Refuge after his eight-hour bike ride.
Heat stroke can occur quite quickly when a person’s body temperature reaches 40 ° C or higher and can lead to damage to the brain, kidneys, heart, and muscles.
Intense physical activity, prolonged exposure to the sun, and dehydration greatly increase a person’s chances of experiencing severe heat stroke symptoms.
As Lethbridge peaked at 33C on Thursday, demand for bottled water skyrocketed and organizations like Streets Alive and Interfaith Food Bank are hoping Lethbridge residents will continue to step in by donating to keep the water safe. all in the community this summer. .
To support the cause, people are asked to simply drop off their cash or bottled water donations at one of the Interfaith Food Bank locations in Lethbridge.