Project Winter Survival Packing Day 2013

Project Winter Survival Packing Day 2013
Media advisory,
Saturday, January 12, 2013, 11 a.m.,
890 Caledonia Road,
2013 Project Winter Survival
Broadcast time: 06:00
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Corporate Communications

On Saturday, January 12, 2013, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Project Winter Survival, a
volunteer−based organization that provides kits containing essential winter supplies to the homeless, will host a packing event involving Chief William Blair, approximately 200
volunteers and members of TPS 13 Division.

The volunteers will be packing kits, containing clothing, food, personal−care products and
sleeping bags. On Saturday, January 19, 2013, the kits will be picked up from Project Winter Survival, 890 Caledonia Road, and distributed through more than 175 front line agencies.

According to frontline health workers, the prognosis for 2013 is very poor. Anne Marie Batten, a street nurse for the homeless, says, “We had a record number of homeless deaths in 2012 and many shelters are full and overflowing. The kits are essential to people living on the street, such as those who have pets as a means of emotional support and cannot bring them into shelters, or couples who do not want to be separated. We also use the kits to establish relationships with homeless people who have trust issues, such as individuals with mental illnesses and substance−abusers.”
This year, Project Winter Survival’s goal is to assemble and distribute 3,000 kits throughout the GTA and, for the very first time, in Vancouver with the help of its sponsor Hain−Celestial Canada, at the end of January.

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