Updated: Feb 6, 2022
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
On Tuesday, January 11th, 2022, Hope for Community Development receives 10 Project Winter Survival kits / 10 sleeping bags from Engage and Change charity to support them in helping the homeless survive living on the streets during the extremely cold winter season. Each kit in a backpack contains a sleeping bag with a carry strap, a toque, a scarf, gloves, warm socks, paper and pen and a puzzle book, as well as toiletries, including lip balm, lotion, shampoo, and a toothbrush. They also contain personal protective equipment, including hand wipes, hand sanitizer and 10 masks.
These kits are normally distributed to several communities through frontline social service agencies and homeless shelters directly to those in need. We are glad to be part of this initiative to foster good citizenship and encourage healthy communities by helping Engage and Change charity give back to the most vulnerable population.
With these survival kits, Hope for Community Development will mobilize volunteers to reach out to 20 vulnerable homeless individuals living on the streets within the Kitchener-Waterloo region to assist them endure the extreme cold winter weather this year. There have been many extreme cold warnings this year with the temperature feeling like -33°. The Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire through homeless systems across Canada putting people experiencing homelessness and the people that care for them at risk, threatening to overwhelm Canada’s homeless response systems. Unfortunately, the homeless population struggle the most and they are in need more than ever.
About Hope for Community Development
Based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Hope for Community Development is a Canadian not-for-profit grassroots organization that works with marginalized children, youth, seniors, families, and communities to impact sustainable change through education, social advancement, and permanent learning prospects.