Winter gear replaces ornaments on trees downtown

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As it gets colder outside, a group of volunteers went out to try and help keep our most community’s most vulnerable a little warmer through the winter. 

Winter weather poses a threat to those living on our streets. According to the National Health Care for Homeless Council, life-threatening hypothermia can set in between 32 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In Bakersfield, that’s our current range of morning lows. 

With over 800 homeless people on Bakersfield’s streets, the Centric Health team decided to hang winter gear on the trees. From scarves, to gloves and hats, all tied up with a sweet note left behind. 

It states, “If you’re down on your luck and you find this in a tree, know that it is given with love and completely free. This is how we change the world.”

“People have different walks of life, different journeys and sometimes you’re not going to have the best of times and you have situations that come up, so whatever it is that has brought someone to that situation we definitely want to reach out and keep our hearts open to caring for them,” said Dr. Valerie Caudillo, Peripheral Vascular Disease program coordinator.

Dr. Valerie Caudillo is responsible for organizing the event. She hopes she can make a difference in our community and inspire others to help.

This is the first year for this event. Organizers hope to make it an annual tradition. 

As it gets colder outside, a group of volunteers went out to try and help keep our most community’s most vulnerable a little warmer through the winter. 

Winter weather poses a threat to those living on our streets. According to the National Health Care for Homeless Council, life-threatening hypothermia can set in between 32 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In Bakersfield, that’s our current range of morning lows. 

With over 800 homeless people on Bakersfield’s streets, the Centric Health team decided to hang winter gear on the trees. From scarves, to gloves and hats, all tied up with a sweet note left behind. 

It states, “If you’re down on your luck and you find this in a tree, know that it is given with love and completely free. This is how we change the world.”

“People have different walks of life, different journeys and sometimes you’re not going to have the best of times and you have situations that come up, so whatever it is that has brought someone to that situation we definitely want to reach out and keep our hearts open to caring for them,” said Dr. Valerie Caudillo, Peripheral Vascular Disease program coordinator.

Dr. Valerie Caudillo is responsible for organizing the event. She hopes she can make a difference in our community and inspire others to help.

This is the first year for this event. Organizers hope to make it an annual tradition. 

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