Residents of two SROs will need to find new permanent homes after the devastating fire destroyed the Winters Hotel. The neighbouring Gastown Hotel can't be occupied right now, either, due to smoke and water damage, and due to the fact it is within the collapse area of the Winters Hotel, should it fall on its own.
Atira Women's Resource Society, which runs the Winters Hotel, has set up an emergency donation centre at Bette's Boutique, a shop it operates at 305 Main St., not far from the destroyed building. It's open until 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
On Twitter they listed items they need immediately:
"We are accepting the following donations from the tenants affected by the fire at Winters Hotel in #DTES:
- Essential Toiletries
- Blankets, Bedding & Towels
- Clothing/Shoes (Men/Women)
- Non-Perishable Food
- Pet Food/Supplies
A Delta courier business has offered to help get items to Bette's Boutique.
"If anyone has donations that need to be picked up to help victims of the #Gastown fire, please DM us or email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org," says Ape Ship on twitter.
If anyone has donations that need to be picked up to help victims of the #Gastown fire, please DM us or email our team at email@example.com.@gastown @CityofVancouver @iyaletown @downtownvan @FreeOfViolence @DailyHiveVan @CTVVancouver @GlobalBC https://t.co/lWIkK1FVZI— Ape Ship (@apeshipdelta) April 12, 2022
Cash donations can also be sent to those in need.
We have set up a separate account for any financial contributions for folks displaced by the fire. Funds will be used to buy essential items & to help set up their new homes. pic.twitter.com/ubw8hQL4NT— Atira Women's Resource Society (@FreeOfViolence) April 12, 2022
THANK YOU to our community for supporting folks affected by yesterday's Gastown fire.— Atira Women's Resource Society (@FreeOfViolence) April 12, 2022
Bette's Boutique located at 305 Main St is open 9am-11pm daily to drop off clothing (men & women), shoes, bedding, blankets, toiletries, food items and any other essential supplies! pic.twitter.com/maImk3wtEM