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.
When will coats be collected?
Saturday, Nov 5th - 10am to 3pm - be efficient with your time, bring your warm coat donations when you join us for the Holly Berry Fair. Drop off will be at the back of the Sanctuary.
Tuesday, Nov 15th and Thursday, Nov 17th - 4:30pm to 6:30pm, and
Saturday, Nov 19th from 10am to 1pm at the west side door (located on Glen Ave) of Rosedale United Church (159 Roxborough Dr., Toronto, Ontario).
The many ways you can help:
1. Donate warm coats - one or more adult warm water/windproof winter jackets. (Good condition used, or new)
2. Donate the funds to purchase a coat (approx. $100):
You can write a cheque to Rosedale United Church and put “Warm Coats” on the memo line. If your address isn’t on your cheque, please provide it as well to receive your tax receipt.
Or, make an e-transfer to Rosedale United Church at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Warm Coats” and your address in the e-transfer note section.
Or, simply donate through CanadaHelps on our Rosedale website. Select Option 2. “Social Ministries” to allocate your donation. Put “Warm Coats” in the send a message section.Donate money to Rosedale United Church to help us buy warm jackets for the homeless. The cost of one warm jacket is approximately $100. Any amount helps. A tax receipt will be issued for contributions in excess of $25
3. Volunteer your help to collect and sort coats.
Who to contact for more information:
If you would like to volunteer your time or are unable to deliver your jackets to the church please contact Ashlin Barry at email@example.com, Max Von Bargen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Clare Barry at email@example.com.
If it’s for jacket pickup, please indicate where and when jackets can be picked up.