Volunteers Distribute 3,000 Cold Weather Survival Kits

More than 100 volunteers from “Engage and Change” are packing and distributing winter survival kits, Saturday.

The cold weather kits will be given to those in need through homeless shelters, social services and outreach providers across the Greater Toronto Area.

Executive Director Jeff Cohen says it provides vital necessities to anyone on the streets in these frigid temperatures.

“Sleeping bags, hats, mitts, socks, hygiene products, flashlights, thermal mugs – you name it. Anything that can help somebody survive out on the streets,” he said.

Now in its 16th year, Project Winter Survival has packed and distributed over 26,000 kits to those at risk.

“It’s a wonderful experience. We have leaders from the law enforcement community here, leaders from the financial community – five of the banks – insurance companies, retail leaders. They are working side-by-side with their staff members. We have students. Everybody is coming together to show they care, and that’s just a wonderful thing,” Cohen says.

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