'I'm grateful for this': Providence Health Care provides clothes, haircuts in Downtown Eastside

On a sunny Saturday in September, Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park brimmed with activity. 

Piles of used clothing were heaped onto long wood tables, divided into men and women's sections. Adjacent to the free clothing, which was donated, essential items like toothpaste, toothbrushes and other personal hygiene items were up for grabs.

In one corner, volunteer hairdressers provided free haircuts. In another, hot meals were served up.

This event, which was put on by staff and volunteers with Providence Health Care, has taken place twice a year for the past 17 years.

Michelle Ghoussoub reports

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