Winter kits help homeless in Northumberland

COBOURG/PORT HOPE — Northumberland residents left out in the cold can find a little help from two local police forces.

A year and a half ago, Cobourg Police connected with Engage and Change, a Toronto-based charity, which created Project Winter Survival, said Cobourg Police Constable Randy Curr. The project works to provide less fortunate people with winter survival kits with essential supplies needed for survival on the streets during the winter season.

CB_Z_WinterKits_ContentFor the past 14 years, Project Winter Survival and a team of volunteers and donors have assembled and distributed more than 18,000 kits in Ontario. This year Cobourg received 10 kits and has shared five with the Port Hope Police Service.

While Const. Curr isn’t aware of many residents who are homeless on a long-term basis, he said the police do come in contact with people who cannot find a place to live. In the last two winters approximately five kits were distributed in Cobourg, said Const. Curr.

Each kit contains a sleeping bag, winter hat, winter gloves, winter scarf, socks, a towel, toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant, razor, shaving cream, hand sanitizer, rain poncho, bottled water, a water bottle, playing cards, a sports bag or knapsack, face cloth, hand and body lotion, hair brush and comb, lip balm, insulated cup, Kleenex and a food snack.

Anyone wishing to donate to Engage and Change can contact info@engageandchange.org.

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