ASAP: Blanket Drive for the homeless at Oppenheimer Park

Published: December 18, 2012


It’s Saturday morning and pouring, so I check my iPhone for the weather and the temperature outside is -1 C, with a forecast of freezing rain. I had committed to being out at Oppenheimer Park in the Downtown Eastside to hand out blankets on behalf of the Association of South Asian Professionals’ (ASAP) fourth annual blanket drive.

As I sat on my couch, I realized that the homeless are out in this weather and are cold and hungry. And I am debating being out in freezing rain for an hour or two.  The reality of the circumstances hit me. I had immense gratitude for where I was and how my circumstances have allowed and supported me to be where I am today. People who are homeless have circumstances that have their life be the way it is.

It was a cold and windy morning Dec. 15 and there were 15 of us at Oppenheimer Park at 11 a.m. standing near a truck full of blankets.  Members of ASAP and the families and friends of Dave Gadhia and David Sidoo, who donated 300 blankets, were gathered to give out toques and blankets.

The lineup of people waiting for a blanket was at least a mile long – women and men of all ages, soaking wet, eagerly awaiting their turn.

We served coffee and snacks (thanks to Tim Horton’s for the donation) as people waited their turn. Most folks expressed how much they needed the blanket and how it will keep them warm at night. The phrases “Thank You” and “Merry Christmas” were filled with gratitude.

ASAP partners with Donna Crocker from Friendship Providers in Action a few times a year to hold Hot Dog Day for the Homeless during the summer and our Blanket Drive during the winter months.  By raising awareness, ASAP hopes others will join in to make a meaningful difference in the lives of approximately 2,300 homeless people in Vancouver.

If you are interested in joining ASAP and making a contribution to your community, please contact me.

Amneet Aulakh volunteers with the Association of South Asian Professionals and is a mentorship committee co-chair. She works as a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist. Follow her on twitter @mirrordoor.  She can be reached by email at

Tags: , ,


Police tape-Abbotsford-crime

Indian woman locked in bathroom for three years by husband after giving birth to a girl

VANCOUVER DESI An Indian woman was kept locked in a bathroom for three years by her husband and not allowed to see her child because she gave…
Continue Reading »

Hitler Ice cream-cafe

Owner of made in India ‘Hitler’ ice-cream gets defensive

If you think the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has nothing to do with ice-creams, you’re wrong. Photographs of an ice-cream cone manufactured in Uttar Pradesh…
Continue Reading »

India marriage-abuse-prostitution-poverty

Indian bride takes a toilet as wedding gift

IANS Akola – A toilet stole the show at a traditional Maharashtrian marriage here. The prefabricated toilet with a water closet, a wash-basin and mirror…
Continue Reading »



Parole revoked again for Surrey woman convicted in brutal slaying of prostitute

JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI A woman who is serving a prison sentence for the brutal killing of a prostitute she met at a notorious Surrey…
Continue Reading »

Elizabeth Taylor

Divorced BC couple hope to remarry this summer despite woman’s terminal cancer diagnosis

DAN FUMANO VANCOUVER DESI For better and for worse, a lot has happened to Kim and Andrew Hopkins in the years between the first time…
Continue Reading »


Food watchdog detains corn livestock feed from India over health concerns

JOHN COTTER THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is detaining corn shipments from India used for livestock feed to…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...


Filmmakers should learn from Bollywood’s PK, says Chinese daily

IANS Beijing – Indian comedy “PK”, which is running successfully in theatres here , is an example of “how to tell a bright and thought…
Continue Reading »

Caitlyn Jenner

Bruce Jenner debuts as woman on Vanity Fair cover

IANS New Delhi – Transgender Olympic champion and reality TV star Bruce Jenner unveiled her new name Caitlyn Jenner in a Vanity Fair cover shoot….
Continue Reading »


Many patients with cancer that spreads to the brain could be spared some radiation, study says

MARILYNN MARCHIONE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — A major study could change care for many of the hundreds of thousands of people each year who…
Continue Reading »


Massive cross rises in violent Pakistan port city, home to an often-fearful Christian minority

ADIL JAWAD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KARACHI, Pakistan — Now towering over this violent port city in Pakistan, where Islamic militant attacks and gangland shootings remain…
Continue Reading »


Indian guru lynched after beheading boy, 5, in suspected child sacrifice

IANS Guwahati – Simmering tension prevailed in Assam after a guru sacrificed a five-year-old boy to appease the God of death and was later lynched by…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood Latest


Kuala Lumpur to come alive in Bollywood avatar for IIFA 2015

VANCOUVER DESI The Bollywood brigade will invade Malaysia this year for the Indian Oscar’s. 529287983_215616308 ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 33 Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra…
Continue Reading »

Top 10 actresses of 2015

Photos: Hottest 10 Bollywood babes of 2015

VANCOUVER DESI Check out photos of 10 Bollywood bombshells who’ve to topped the Times Celebex charts. Top 10 actresses of 2015 ◄ Back Next ► Picture…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood actress Vidya Balan to promote World Ethnic Day

IANS New Delhi – Actress Vidya Balan, who often sports saris, has been roped in by online ethnic products marketplace as the face of…
Continue Reading »