Community Initiative: The Pop Up Soup Kitchen
Giving back to the community has always been an important aspect of our business here at International Textiles. In this spirit, each year, we donate to a cause that is particularly important to our community. Being established in Vancouver for over 60 years, we are acutely aware of the rampant poverty and homelessness rates of certain areas of the city. Many reports point to the high price of housing and low amount of assistance aid to partly explain this social issue (1), although several other factors are also to blame.
While the homeless are often stigmatized, the Pop Up Soup Kitchen’s mission is to help those in need without prejudice. This community initiative was started by our friend Erin Schulte, who explains, “The Pop Up Soup Kitchen wasn’t about feeding the MOST people… it is about feeding as many as we can healthy and great quality food. Food that you would serve your own family and the ones you love. No day olds. Everyone deserves to be served delicious and healthy food that nourishes not only the body but nourishes the mind.” (2) Setting up tents in Surrey, Erin and her volunteer friends serve bi-weekly meals to the underprivileged members of our community. Despite threats from city officials to have operations shut down (see “Find Out More” below for more news about this), the Pop Up Soup Kitchen volunteers and supporters have been donating their time and money since their very first meal distribution on February 9th, 2014. In response to the group’s Blankets of Love donation drive, this year, our team decided to donate fleece blankets to help keep those most unfortunate warm during the cold winter months.
As Laila Yuile says in one of her numerous heartfelt articles on the Pop Up Soup Kitchen, “A wise man once said there is a big difference between pity and compassion. Pity feels sorry for something. Compassion does something about it.” (3) If you are interested in learning more about the Pop Up Soup Kitchen, or if you want to donate, please visit their GoFundMe page here.
Remember, donating and helping those in need should not only be a holiday tradition, but a year-round commitment!
Have a nice weekend everyone!
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Featured picture taken from the Pop Up Soup Kitchen’s GoFundMe page.