Kiwanis and Giant Tiger Respond to Homeless Crisis


Ottawa – Less than a month ago, both the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton and the City of Ottawa declared homelessness a crisis in the National Capital. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa reacted immediately and today we are pleased to launch Project Stay Warm.

The partner for Project Stay Warm is local discount retailer Giant Tiger Stores Limited, who is providing 100 Survival Kits for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa to distribute to area homeless shelters and drop-in centres. The first to receive the packs are those persons who choose not to remain overnight in the shelters during sub-zero degree temperatures. Each Survival Kit contains a thermal blanket, insulated gloves, thermal socks, a winter hat, lip balm and a toothbrush and toothpaste.

“I am extremely proud of Project Stay Warm and our partnership with Giant Tiger. This is a perfect example of the community coming together to assist our less fortunate residents.” declared Ian Hendry, President of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. “Building stronger communities together is what Kiwanis is all about.”

According to Jean-Pierre Poulin, the operator of the Byward Market Giant Tiger location, the company has a long-standing tradition of being actively involved in each of the many communities they serve. “As a local businessman, I feel it is important to help those less fortunate, especially during the cold winter weather. During the busy holiday season, it is sometimes easy to forget that some people don’t even have the basic necessities to stay warm.” said Poulin. “We are happy to have been asked by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa to participate in this very worthwhile project, and look forward to making a difference in the comfort of others in the community.”  

The announcement is kicked of with Jean Pierre Poulin from Giant Tiger, Gord Fleming from Kiwanis, Bob Vergette from Kiwanis, Art McGaughey from Giant Tiger and Bruce Brooks from Kiwanis.