Mayor Henry Braun with the Wolfe Auto team on Tuesday morning, Oct. 29. (Photo courtesy of the City of Abbotsford)

Mayor Henry Braun with the Wolfe Auto team on Tuesday morning, Oct. 29. (Photo courtesy of the City of Abbotsford)

Car dealership donates specialized backpacks to Abbotsford’s homeless for third straight year

Wolfe Auto Group’s efforts have proivided 2,500 Citypaks around the Lower Mainland in four years

For the third year running, a Langley car dealership has donated specialized backpacks to the City of Abbotsford to help support people who are living on the streets.

Wolfe Auto Group wants to do more than just sell cars, said Patrick Curtis, director of sales and marketing for the company.

“We want to do our part and give back to our surrounding communities,” Curtis said.

“Homelessness is an increasing concern for all citizens of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. As leaders in the business community, we take pride in assisting the homeless to make their life a little easier.”

Over 140 specialized backpacks, dubbed the Citypak, will be distributed throughout the homeless community through local community shelters.

The dealership has been able to donate close to 2,500 Citypaks since they started donating four years ago, says Curtis.

“Seeing the immediate positive impact this makes for those living on the streets is not only rewarding but motivates us to continue our efforts.”

Mayor Henry Braun announced his support and thanks in a speech on Tuesday.

“Supporting vulnerable individuals in our community is a joint effort – residents, all levels of government, non-profits, and businesses all need to come together,” Braun said.

The Citypak was initiated six years ago by the Selma Breskin Foundation looking to provide the homeless with a versatile tool to make living outdoors more bearable.

The backpacks feature a hideaway waterproof poncho that keeps both the wearer and the bag dry, a ballistic-nylon outer shell to help combat extreme weather, a reflective strip to keep the wearer visible to nearby vehicles and anti-theft measures.

A total of 35,000 Citypaks have been given out in 77 North American cities.

More information about the Citypak can be found on their website: citypak.org.