Coldest Night of the Year Burnaby walks to keep people warm and fed

What’s the best way to warm up on a freezing night?

For people who have nowhere to go, that’s a tough question.

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To help them answer that, people are raising money through the Coldest Night of the Year walk on Feb. 23.

Money is being raised for Burnaby Community Services and the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby. Both provide services to those who need the support.

The funds raised will be used to:

  • Support Burnaby’s only Outreach Resource Centre, which serves over 1,000 unique individuals each year.
  • Support advocacy work, such as lobbying for warming centers, shelters and transitional housing.
  • Print 12,000 weather-resistant Outreach Cards, which are updated, printed, and handed out to individuals in need by outreach workers and at the outreach centre each year.
  • Supply holiday hampers for unique individuals around Christmas time.
  • Support unique individuals with income tax completion and form completion for federal government programs.

What’s needed are individuals and teams to register online and then raise money. Then show up at 4 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Marlbourough Elementary School in Burnaby and take part in the walk. There will be routes that will take walkers distances of 2, 5 or 10 kilometres depending on your abilities.

Once the walk is done, a meal will be served for walkers and volunteers.

So far, more than $26,000 has been raised towards the $40,000 goal, so sign up and help them get there.

Visit here for full details and to donate directly if you can’t make it to the walk.

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