Local Sikh community lends a big helping hand to the homeless

Three truckloads of food on Thursday were just part of the mountain of donations to Windsor’s Street Help Homeless Centr...

Three truckloads of food on Thursday were just part of the mountain of donations to Windsor’s Street Help Homeless Centre this week by the local Sikh community.

“They’re such a wonderful group of people with a wonderful spirit of giving,” Street Help administrator Christine Wilson-Furlonger said of the Windsor Sports & Culture Centre’s holiday donations. “We are very grateful — they show us so much love.”

In addition to filling up the homeless centre’s depleted pantry shelves, the WSCC, in its 14th year of giving to Street Help, also donated more than 75 sleeping bags, 70 blankets and comforters, 40 pairs of winter boots, hygiene products and a $1,000 cheque...

...“We’re really, really busy,” Wilson-Furlonger said of the current demand for her agency’s services and offerings.

Windsor Sports & Culture Centre, established in 2005, organizes and participates in sports, education, culture and volunteer work across Windsor and Essex County. While heavily rooted in the Punjabi community, the club welcomes all members of the community to join and participate in its events and activities. According to the WSCC, sport is its passion and culture is its identity.

“We are very grateful to them,” said Wilson-Furlonger. “It’s such a special thing that we stay on their minds year after year.”

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