RDC Social Work students bring warmth to Red Deer's homeless

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
February 1, 2017 - 12:55pm Updated: February 1, 2017 - 6:56pm

The gift of warmth cannot be understated.
 
That's what motivated a group of Red Deer College Social Work students to take to Ross Street Tuesday night with 70 scarves and toques.
 
Zeljka Udovicic says she came across the idea online and decided to take action with her classmates.
 
"In some of our research, we came upon information that not all homeless people go to shelters, for various reasons," she says. "We are also making a statement that individuals like us can make a change in people's lives."
 
The group placed the items on light poles and on top of foliage on Ross Street between Little Gaetz and 49 Avenue. Each has a note attached letting people know why it was put there.
 
Udovicic says the plan is do it all again next year.
 
"What was really amazing was while we were putting those items out, there was a guy down the street already taking a scarf, and he actually approached us and thanked us," she adds.
 
Items were collected with help from the Hub on Ross, Central Alberta Refugee Effort and the Central Alberta Immigrant Women's Association. Social Work instructors at RDC also pitched in with donations of toques and scarves.  
 

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