A matter of warmth

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November 24, 2015 9:58 AM

Wrapping up Lloyd organizer Jessica Tupper of Lloydminster stands by one of the many trees in the downtown area that have been decorated with winter clothes for the homeless as part of her campaign.

With the winter season rapping at our doors with icy knuckles, a Lloydminster resident took it upon herself to start a campaign that would help protect the city’s more vulnerable citizens from the harsh elements.
Jessica Tupper organized Wrapping up Lloyd, an activity where she invited residents downtown to hang winter clothes like mitts, scarves and toques from downtown trees, after seeing it done in another city on social media.
The clothes can then be taken as needed by homeless around Lloydminster. “I think it shows that they’re not alone. That their community knows that they’re there and that we can help them somehow and that we’ll reach out any way that we can and support them,” said Tupper.
She said she saw the idea on Facebook and thought it was a good way to help, but didn’t act on it right away because she didn’t realize homelessness was a big problem in Lloydminster.
However, after seeing an event put on by the Lloydminster Social Action Commission called Sleep on It, where five local residents slept outside in the cold earlier this month to raise awareness for local homeless, she realized Wrapping up Lloyd might be a good cause in the Border City.
And judging by public response she was right.
“I didn’t expect it to be that big. I just expected my close friends and family (to take part) and then as soon as I put it on Facebook it just exploded,” she said.
“It was awesome to see the community really pull it together for this — it was great.”
The official Wrapping up Lloyd event was on Nov. 19, but people are encouraged to hang warm clothing on the trees for the rest of the season.
Tupper said she would like to thank all the people that participated, the supporters that helped her pull the event off, and Tim Horton’s for donating cookies and coffee to the cause.
“It makes me feel good that the community pulled together and that we could possibly help somebody,” she said.
“Even if it’s just one person, it’s still one person and it feels good.”

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