FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary School students in the Senior Alternate program have organized a fundraising drive for the Fort St. John Warming Centre.

Boxes will be placed around the school on January 24th to collect item donations, and students will also be collecting bottles with the funds going to the centre.

Items needed include food, bottled water, winter clothing, kitchen items, coffee supplies, disposable cups, and toiletries. Items will be collected until January 26th.

Anyone looking to make a monetary donation or arrange a bottle pick-up can contact Alexandra Richards at 250-785-4429 ext. 224 or arichards@prn.bc.ca.

The centre, located at 10067 100th Avenue, opened on January 7th to provide a safe, inclusive space where residents can warm up, get a hot meal and beverage, shower and do laundry.

Clients can also access resources such as mental health and addictions services through the warming centre.

The temporary shelter was made possible through collaboration between the City of Fort St. John, Community Bridge, Urban Matters and other community partners.

The shelter will stay open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until July.