A special holiday celebration brought warmth to the season on Nanaimo’s streets earlier this week.
The second annual Christmas on the Street, organized by the Nob Hill Community Association, was held Tuesday on Nicol Street for 500 people. The intent was to provide dinner, warmth, gifts and cheer to the city’s homeless and low-income people.
Organizers said it went well and people couldn’t say enough about how good the food was and how much they enjoyed the musical entertainment. Event organizers even handled an unexpected venue change.
“Our backup plan was back to our grassroots, where we hedld the first one, under tents,” said Doug Hiltz, a member of the Nob Hill association.
He thanked sponsors and donors who helped make the event successful. There were donations of food as well as loans of sound gear and other logistical equipment needed to put on the event. The Nob Hill Community Association was also able to hand out, to people in need, backpacks filled with items such as hoodies, socks, underwear, mitts, tuques, scarves, personal hygiene items, jewelry, makeup and the like.
“Our slogan is helping community…” Hiltz said. “We’ve never said we’re a neighbourhood group, we’re always a community group. We’re based out of the sout end of town, but we will go anywhere to help.”