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Kinsmen Club gives the gift of heat

Campbell River's Kinsmen Club has stepped up to provide the heating for the city's downtown extreme weather shelter this year

The $25 to $30 per day that it costs to heat the cold weather shelter downtown beside the Fire Hall has been taken care of for the year, thanks to a $3,600 donation from the Kinsmen.

“It’ll cover the biggest portion for the year, anyway,” said Pastor Art van Holst of Radiant Life Community Church. “We’ve had some other groups give us some money towards it,” he said, so they should be just about set for the year in terms of the diesel that powers the heaters for the shelter.

“We like to be a part of the community, and put our efforts towards bettering it,” said Gus Murray of the Kinsmen. “There needs to be somewhere for these people to stay, so this is really a worthy project,” Murray said. “Last year was the first year (for the shelter) and there were absolutely no deaths on the street. That is awesome. We’re glad to be a part of it.”

In addition to being a warm place to sleep, Radiant Life Church also serves breakfast every morning and dinner every evening at the site, so people don’t do go bed hungry and start the next day right.