Chili Blanket 13 Goes Saturday
Prince George, B.C. – The 13th annual Chili Blanket goes this Saturday outside the Prince George Courthouse from noon until 2 p.m.
Hosted by the Northern Women’s Forum (NWF), the multiple cause event offers the chance to rally against poverty and to advocate against violence against women.
In an effort to help those less fortunate, the NWF is collecting blankets and winter wear for those in need and will distribute them on Saturday.
They are also asking concerned citizens to come out to the rally and/or donate warm clothing at the event or prior to it at the College of New Caledonia.
There will be hot chili, hot chocolate, and music to help warm the senses along with a public call for a provincial poverty reduction plan.
The victims of the 1989 Montreal Massacre will also be remembered.
Speaking of poverty, this year’s event comes on the heels of a new report by the BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition which showed 20.4% of BC children live in poverty, 21% in Prince George (2013 statistics).
It also found more than half (50.3%) of all children living in lone-parent families were living in poverty in 2013, compared to 13% for children in couple families.