Urgent Help Needed for Those Experiencing Homelessness
In the midst of the cold, Faith in the City Leaders are deeply concerned for those forced to stay outside on these cold days. Forty-plus shelters in the City are in Covid-19 outbreak and there aren't adequate numbers of masks for people. Some of the shelters won't/can't admit people without PCR or RAT tests/results. The agencies working with the unhoused need supplies, right away.
Rosedale United Church's Social Ministries Council has purchased 75 tents and 74 sleeping bags from Canadian Tire which it has distributed to Sanctuary Toronto, St. Luke's United Church and the Unity Kitchen.
So far, through your generosity, we have raised $3450 toward this compassionate appeal, but to cover even half of the costs of this outreach campaign we need to raise double that amount.
$150 donates a tent and sleeping bag set!
Donate by cheque:
Please make your cheque payable to Rosedale United Church and write “Tent and Sleeping Bag” on the memo line. Please make sure to include your name and address so we can prepare your tax receipt correctly. You can mail your cheque or drop it off in the mail slot in the side door of the church at 159 Roxborough Drive, Toronto, ON M4W 1X7.
Donate by e-transfer:
Please send your e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Tent and Sleeping Bag” in the message box. No password is required. Donations are automatically deposited. Please send an email to email@example.com with your name and address so we can prepare your tax receipt correctly. Please reference your e-transfer.
Also needed are men's winter coats, winter boots, winter gloves, rapid test kits, hoodies, hand warmers, cases of bottled water, Ensure, N95 masks, and dog food. You can drop donations of the above at any of the following sites:
-Parkdale Community Health Centre, 1229 Queen Street West or 168 Bathurst Street
-Unity Kitchen (Church of Holy Trinity, Dundas Square) M-F 10-3pm
-Sanctuary (South side of Charles St. East of Yonge) Tuesday 11-3, Thursdays 5-9pm.
People need safe and dignified places to live. Tell your councillor and mayor and MPP and MP to stop passing the buck to each other and figure out how to provide health care and shelter to people. Forward this letter to your local government officials and let them know that your church is a signatory.