MONTREAL, QUE.: SEPTEMBER 19, 2017-- Gilles Chiasson knits with a group of knitters who donate all the goods they create, in Montreal on Tuesday September 19, 2017. (Allen McInnis / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 59364

Gilles Chiasson knows all too well what it’s like to live on the streets of Montreal, fighting off frigid temperatures and feelings of social disconnection as people bustle about their busy lives around him, hardly sparing a glance.
While it has been many years since he last slept on a sidewalk, Chiasson hasn’t forgotten the icy loneliness. Now he is looking to reach out to the homeless people of Montreal, offering warmth for both the body and the heart.
“People don’t go homeless because they can’t pay the bills,” said Chiasson, born and raised in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. “They go homeless because they don’t feel a connection either to their families, their jobs or the community. I see it every time I see somebody that is homeless. I see someone who just doesn’t feel connected.”
Though he didn’t have any experience with the handicraft, Chiasson founded a knitting group last month because he saw it …