Popular clothing and head shop Bb-Rox is giving back to the community, offering free warm clothes to those who need them.
Pedestrians walking down Reid Street, perhaps on their way to do some holiday shopping or maybe on a lunch break, can be seen pausing to read a small bright pink sign posted on a window of Bb-Rox’s store. When they continue on their way, a smile will undoubtedly be on their face.
The sign reads, “If you are cold, please take one,” with a large hand-drawn heart beside the words.
Below the sign is a rack of warm sweaters, jackets, hats and scarves that have been donated by the community in the hopes that anyone who might be stuck sleeping outside overnight or spending most of the day outside will be at least a little bit warmer.
The inspiration for the free clothing rack came to Bb-Rox store owner Bea Peters after she saw a post on social media highlighting a similar idea.
The free clothing rack has been being filled up with donated clothing from the public and Bb-Rox’s inventory every morning since the colder weather started, and every night, it has come back in empty.
Bb-Rox store manager Christina Kimmie says the need for warm clothes among the community of those in need is very apparent.
Kimmie remembers tying 30 scarves to the store’s front door one night, and the next morning when she opened up shop, they were all gone.
“We have, I believe, about 10 people who are still sleeping outside in the city. We want them to know that if they are cold, they can come here, and we will hopefully have something to help them get warm,” said Kimmie.
Bb-Rox will continue to accept donations of warm clothing and food for the remainder of winter.
Anyone interested in donating is encouraged to stop into the store, which is located at 260 Reid St. in downtown Quesnel.