In Toronto, over 18,000 people suffer from homelessness each night, burdened with facing the incredibly cold Canadian winter, and in some cases, even freezing to death.
As we enter the winter season, many of us will start to pull out our winter coats and many will buy new ones. However, warm clothes can be costly and inaccessible, especially for individuals experiencing homelessness.
In the past two years, we have collected and purchased 1,200 warm coats which we have distributed to four outreach agencies providing front line services to our less fortunate neighbours: Fred Victor (formerly the CRC), Metropolitan United Church, Sanctuary Toronto and the Roehampton Hotel Shelter.
This year’s goal: we are determined to collect another 500 warm jackets for the people of Toronto who don’t have the privilege of being able to purchase a warm coat. More than 500 is even better.