Workers are busy making modifications to clothing donation bins in Newfoundland and Labrador following two tragic deaths in recent weeks in Toronto and Vancouver.
The Canadian Diabetes Association is adding safety measures to its familiar red clothing donation bins following news that two people were found dead inside similar containers in recent weeks.
In Vancouver a man was found dead inside a donation bin on December 30th, while on Tuesday a woman passed away after becoming partially trapped in a drop box in Toronto.
Some 4,000 bins across the country will receive retrofits or modifications; over 50 of which are spread across the Avalon Peninsula alone.
Yesterday, workers braved icy conditions in Eastern Newfoundland to complete modifications to local donation sites. Work is expected to continue, in order to bolster the hundreds of bins across the province.
The Association says it’s taking action to prevent harm to those misusing or trying to gain entry to its donation bins.
All work is expected to be completed by January 18th.
Meanwhile, a vigil was held in Toronto last night in memory of the woman who passed away, known only as “Crystal.”
Reports indicate homeless shelters in the city were at capacity the night she died.
Advocacy groups are calling on government to increase support for marginalized groups, calling the recent deaths an alarming result of overcrowding at shelters.