TORONTO – JUNE 08, 2017 – With new resources in place to track the number of homeless deaths in the GTA, the mortality rate among those less fortunate is visibly staggering. Following a reported 27 homeless deaths in just under 3 months, the call to action is NOW to save the lives of those in need. Bracing for long-range weather forecasts that call for record heat, those most vulnerable will again face the threat of death by dehydration during the warm summer months. While the loss of life among our homeless is an ongoing concern that comprises all demographic characteristics, something as simple as clean drinking water remains a scarce commodity for relief agencies and outreach programs that provide aid to those living in shelters and on our city streets.
In an insurmountable act of compassion, community-minded sponsors Nestlé Waters Canada; Canada Cartage; The Bargains Group; Home Depot; Toronto Police Service 13 Division; and over 100 volunteers of the 18th Annual Project Water – an Engage and Change initiative to provide bottled water to those in need, will arm 150+ social service agencies, outreach providers and homeless shelters with an excess of 300,000 Nestlé water bottles and 3,000 summer survival kits in an effort to provide life saving resources to the homeless in extreme summer weather conditions: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, care of The Bargains Group, 890 Caledonia Road, 10:30 am.
More homeless people die from dehydration in the summer months than freeze to death from exposure in the winter
“Water is the essence of all life and is an invaluable resource to those most vulnerable all year round,” said Jody Steinhauer, founder of Project Water. “However, lack of clean drinking water among those less fortunate takes precedent in the warmer months when the risk of death by dehydration increases significantly due to excessive heat and humidity. We are grateful to our community partners in leading the charge in this ongoing endeavor to help save the lives of those living on our streets and in shelters.”
Project Water is an Engage and Change program committed to helping those less fortunate endure the hardships of summer by providing such necessities for the needy as: bottled water, a re-usable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, toiletry and first aid items, etc. Since its inception in 2000, Project Water has placed in excess of 2 million bottles of water into the hands of Toronto and surrounding area homeless. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.engageandchange.org.