Wheel Estate 2nd Annual Keep the Homeless Warm Initiative

Help us FILL the Wheel Estate Trailer

Why Wheel Estate wants to help keep the homeless warm

Homelessness is a very serious problem across Canada that needs to be solved, especially when you consider the climate across our country. With the temperatures dropping below zero, Wheel Estate's founders felt the need to do their part by starting a tradition of sharing warmth, happiness and high fives. Now in its second year, this event is the first of many initiatives Wheel Estate will be helping with in the community.

To Chad and Cherie, the founders, it's more than keeping the homeless warm, it's letting them know that they are not alone and that WE care. For many, the winter months are also the loneliest times of the year. With every donation of a jacket or a scarf, it is like giving a warm hug all winter long.   

So, what WE ask of you is to have a look in your closets this week and see what you can give to help keep people warm. We will be collecting toques, gloves, socks, scarves, winter coats, and blankets. Items must be in gently used condition or feel free to buy new and donate that too.

WE (Wheel Estate team) will be organizing items, post donation days, into knapsacks, ready to hand deliver to each person in need on Saturday, January 27th outside the Calgary Drop In Centre. 

So please come out to one of the scheduled locations to help us fill our trailer to the brim! 


DAY 1 ~ 

DATE:     Saturday January 13th
TIME:     9am to 4pm
WHERE:  The parking lot of the Okotoks Rec Center - 99 Okotoks Dr.

DAY 2 ~

DATE:     Sunday, January 14th
TIME:     9am to 4pm
WHERE:  The parking lot of the Delta Calgary South Hotel (Boom Town Parking Lot, corner of Macleod Trail & Southland Dr.)  

WE hope to see you there!

Chad and Cherie - Wheel Estate Founders 

5 Winter Dangers Facing the Homeless

1. Frostbite

Frostbite is the number one hazard. The most common areas are on the hands and feet - from superficial to deep.

2. Illness

The cold lowers immunity and thickens blood, increasing the risk of infection and heart attack.

3. Hypothermia

Every year across Canada 80 people die from exposure. The most prone are those who are not prepared for the cold weather.

4. Depression

The most common answer when asked, what is the worst thing about being homeless in the winter other than freezing, was depression.

5. Loneliness

Homelessness by definition is being without the support of family. This isolation is felt more intensely during the Christmas season.