July 3, 2009

Man crosses Canada handing out underwear

A Canadian man drove into Montreal Friday to deliver 2,500 pairs of white underwear to homeless men as part of his cross-country Underwear Tour.

Brent King, 41, is an engineer who lives in Calgary, Alberta. He told The Gazette newspaper the idea of driving a motor home from the west coast to the east coast was a result of learning last fall homeless shelters list underwear as one of the items most needed.

He set out from Vancouver June 25 and proceeded to Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg and most recently, Toronto.

You take clean underwear for granted, King said. But it's absolutely essential to feel clean and feel fresh when you wake up to face your day.

He said he's spent $15,000 of his own money and friends and colleagues matched it to have 25,700 pair of white briefs made in Pakistan and shipped to Calgary.

He will continue eastward from Montreal and conclude the Underwear Tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia, later this month, the report said.