JACKSON, B.C. — A young woman who has been wearing a pair of compression garments on the streets of her small city of Jackson, B., says she doesn’t know how long she can continue to wear them.
“I don’ know if it will wear out.
I can’t wear it all the time.
I don’t want to wear the pants too much, because it makes me feel uncomfortable,” said Sarah Pritchard.
The 29-year-old has been with the group, Save Our Children, for about a year.
Pritcher’s daughter is one of the group’s volunteers.
Putchcher says she wears them regularly because she wants to help kids in need, but she has had a few health issues recently.
“Sometimes I think, maybe I need to go get tested for some things, and I don’ have that money,” she said.
Pregnant with twins, Sarah Putchchard and her daughters have been on the street for two weeks now.
“You’re not wearing pants when you’re walking down the street,” she told CBC News.
Sarah Puchals pants are now completely soaked.
She said the tight pants are also irritating her belly button.
She also has a skin condition that makes her sweat.
“It’s like my skin just kind of keeps on growing,” she added.
Puchards pants are made from a material called polyester.
Pichard said she has tried many different brands, including some that don’t look as good.
“A lot of times I wear the same pair of pants every day and I can barely wear them,” she explained.
Pochards pants cost between $30 and $40 a pair.
“They’re a good pair of clothes, but if I were to go to the store and buy another pair of those, I wouldn’t even be able wear them for the rest of the day,” she lamented.
Purchasing compression garments is a way to pay for clothes and other necessities, but Putchards mom said it doesn’t make her feel comfortable.
“We are not getting any money back,” she admitted.
Sarah and her family have also been asked to sign a form that asks them to wear certain clothing and items during the next six months.
“If we want to have anything to eat, I think we should have to wear a special type of bag that’s made for that,” she continued.
Sarah said she would like to go back to buying her own clothes but it is difficult.
“The people who make these things are paid by the government, they pay for these things.
If they can’t make the money, then what are they doing?”
Putchard said the group doesn’t have any official policy, but says it does have policies that will prevent any type of financial hardship.
“At the end of the night, they put the clothes in the bag, they take the money out and they give the clothes back,” Putchering added.
The group says it has a lot of support and encourages people to support it and volunteer their time to help others.
“Our community is very supportive,” Puchard said.
She hopes to continue volunteering at the end.
Sarah says she would love to see more clothing manufacturers make compression garments, but that it is a lot more expensive than other items.
“There’s a lot that goes into making these clothes, and that costs money,” Pritards mother added.