Project Winter Survival: kits to be packed at The Bargains Group Saturday

Volunteers Samira Mohamed, right, Vanessa Reda and Paul Carter join an assembly line during The Bargains Group's annual Project Winter Survival event on Caledonia Road last year. Thousands of backpacks were filled with winter gear and personal care products for distribution to the homeless throughout the city. The 2014 event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18.
Volunteers Samira Mohamed, right, Vanessa Reda and Paul Carter join an assembly line during The Bargains Group’s annual Project Winter Survival event on Caledonia Road last year. Thousands of backpacks were filled with winter gear and personal care products for distribution to the homeless throughout the city. The 2014 event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18.

More than 150 residents and corporate volunteers will be helping pack 3,000 winter survival kits for the homeless this Saturday, Jan. 18 as part of the 15th annual Project Winter Survival.

Taking place at The Bargains Group, 890 Caledonia Rd., the life-saving kits will include sleeping bags, blankets, winter hats and gloves, bottled water, healthy snacks and lip balm, to help those less fortunate endure the cold winter.

The project continues to solely rely on corporate and community donations.

“The growing demand for the kits far exceeds the number of survival kits that we can fund,” said Jody Steinhauer, Project Winter Survival founder, in a statement. “This year alone, with the brutal cold snap, the request for kits is up 20 per cent over the 11,000 kits requested in 2013.”

The assembled kits will be picked up Jan. 25 and distributed through more than 200 frontline agencies across the GTA.

Project Winter Survival has packed and handed out 18,000 survival kits over the past 14 years. The annual initiative is designed to foster good citizenship and encourage healthy communities by giving back.

For more information or to donate, visit www.projectwintersurvival.com

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