‘Got Ginch’ drops drawers for last time in Vancouver
4,000 pairs of underwear will be donated through Union Gospel Mission
Vancouver, BC—After six years of providing underwear to Vancouver’s homeless, ‘Got Ginch’ will deliver its final donation to Union Gospel Mission on Thursday, November 19th. Organizers will mark their seventh and final ‘drawer drop’ by unloading nearly 4000 pairs of underwear, which will be discreetly distributed to those in need throughout the winter.
“Being able to offer clean underwear provides dignity and self-confidence,” says UGM spokesperson Jeremy Hunka. “We’re sad Got Ginch is coming to an end, but grateful they can provide one last time.”
Got Ginch has contributed more than 250,000 pairs of underwear to homeless shelters across Canada since 2008, 30,000 pairs to UGM alone. Though the program has been a huge success, organizers say they are unable to continue.
“Over the last few years we have had difficulty supporting the entire national program and our efforts to find local sponsorship across the country were not successful,” says Got Ginch organizer Brittany Hilbrecht. “We are keen to continue supporting local shelters where we can, but are no longer able to sustain the national program.”
“As Got Ginch winds down we will be relying on the people of Metro Vancouver to step up and fill this crucial need,” says Hunka. “The need won’t diminish simply because Got Ginch isn’t in the headlines.”
When: Thursday, November 19th from 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Where: 601 East Hastings, Vancouver (@ Princess Street)
What: Got Ginch vehicles arrive with 4,000 pairs of underwear on board, which will be unloaded via a human chain of UGM staff members.
Sponsors: Zora Skin Care Clinic, Corporate Traveller, Crafted, The Red Room Hair & Spa, Labatt, International House, Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver Theatre Sports, Canadian Outback Adventures & Events, Bootlegger, North Vancouver Hotel, Quadra Island Kayaks, Car2go, Save on Foods, Everything Wine, Touchstone Sports, Flight Centre, Hyak River Rafting.
The Got Ginch program began in 2008 when Brent King was inspired by a simple answer to his question at a local homeless shelter in Calgary, "What do you need?” The response: “Men’s underwear.” Brent raised money through friends, family and business colleagues; a supplier for a large quantity of underwear was sourced and an order placed and a cross-country odyssey in an RV began—Got Ginch was born. The program has since grown and changed, soon offering women’s underwear and garnering national headlines.
Union Gospel Mission
Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing the lives of men, women, and children for 75 years. Through its seven locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counselling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. To find out more, visit www.ugm.ca
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