While out taking photographs at noon for the Tribune’s weekly streeter Wednesday, I ran into Wayne Lucier, homeless outreach worker for Canadian Mental Health Association in Williams Lake.
When I asked how he was doing, Wayne looked down – he’s much taller than I am – and said “life is grand and the sun is shining,” flashing me an equally bright smile.
He talked about the fact more people over 55 are struggling to find places to live in Williams Lake, and then paused mid-sentence and said, “actually, you could do something for me.”
Lucier helps people of all ages in the community find housing. Many of them are in dire need of some furniture.
A few months ago he was bursting at the seams with donations, mostly from seniors in the community that were downsizing, but suddenly there was a surge and everything he had was needed by someone and given away.
Wayne said all kinds of furniture would be appreciated, although he does not take appliances. He hasn’t ventured into supplying those items.
“There are a few young families just starting out that have nothing,” Wayne said.
Wayne’s request to get the word out was a timely reminder that we’re approaching that time of year when those of us that have can help those that don’t have.
Opportunities to give are just around the corner such as the Child Development Centre annual Yuletide Dinner for people low on friends and funds, on Dec. 5, and the Christmas Wish Breakfast, date TBA. The Salvation Army continues to accept donations of warm clothing, food and gifts.
Williams Lake knows how to be generous, there’s no question about it, but it never hurts to be reminded that the season for giving and helping those less fortunate is ongoing year round.
If anyone has extra furniture they’d be willing to donate, Wayne can be contacted on his cell phone 250-305-4652.