HALIFAX – A Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Services firefighter led a group of volunteers in handing out care packages for people in need Sunday morning.
“I think someone needs to step up and do something good for them,” said Joel Doyle in front of a Salvation Army centre near Gottingen and Falkland Streets, the first stop.
Along with several volunteers, made up of coworkers, family members, and friends, he delivered 100 care packages to people who are homeless and less fortunate.
The reusable bags had donated items inside, including a sandwich, tooth brush, toothpaste, water bottle, soap, chocolate, and homemade cookies.
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Halifax firefighters give back to community by delivering sandwiches to needy
The team drove around mostly downtown Halifax in a few vehicles, including two fire trucks, stopping on various streets to offer people packages.
Doyle added he wanted recipients to “know that they’re not alone, and that there are people out here that do care.”
The last stop of the morning was at Metro Turning Point, an emergency homeless shelter for men.
“I probably wouldn’t have gotten anything for Christmas, so it’s pretty good,” said a 20-year-old recipient who did not want to be identified.
The project, now in its second year, was thought up by Doyle, whose uncle Chris used live on the streets.
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Chris, who died in 2011, was also known as the “Clyde Street Pirate” for collecting donations for deaf and blind communities in front of an NSLC store on the eponymous street.
“If he was still alive, I think he’d give me a high five and a hug,” said Doyle.