Reach For The Stars

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onday, Dec 3, 2012

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Tommy Douglas Library Exhibits Reach For the Stars

BURNABY –Reach for the Stars, a community art project, is currently on display at the Tommy Douglas Library.

Burnaby Homeless Connect is a free, one-day event hosted annually in October by the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness. This event connects people who are living in extreme poverty and homelessness with essential goods and services.

In 2012 over 224 people received services at Burnaby Homeless Connect from 61 service providers and 48 volunteers. People accessed dental exams, eye exams, foot care clinic, blood pressure clinic, learning table, flu shots, hair cuts, make overs, manicures, and bike tune up station, SPCA, outreach and additional professional services. People deeply appreciated the donated clothing, comfort kits, games, door prizes and nutritious food.

Many people attending Burnaby Homeless Connect 2012 also participated in a community art project entitled Reach for the Stars. “This quilt showcases

the diversity and need of people living in extreme poverty in Burnaby,” said Wanda Mulholland of the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness. The East Burnaby Quilters donated the colourful quilt entitled Reach for the Stars at Burnaby Homeless Connect.

Reach For the Stars is currently on display at the Tommy Douglas Library at 7311 Kingsway during regular hours:
Monday to Friday 10am to 9pm
Saturdays 10am to 6pm
Sundays 1pm to 5pm

Anyone wishing to donate to Burnaby citizens living in extreme poverty can drop off items at Progressive Housing Society, 7836 6th St Burnaby, 604-522-9669 ext 317or the Southeast Community Policing office behind Highgate at 7191 Arcola Way.

At this time there is a need for warm coats, blankets/sleeping bags, feminine hygiene products pads/tampons, men’s underwear (sizes small, medium, large); one zone fare savers; and tuna and crackers lunch to go packages.

For more information, people are invited to visit the Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness website at

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