East Kootenay residents will brave the cold this weekend to support the region’s homeless.
The Community Connections Society of Southeast BC want to raise $50,000 through their Coldest Night of the Year walk in Cranbrook.
The event starts 5:15 pm Saturday night and will see participants walk two, five or ten kilometres in freezing temperatures.
Event Organizer Tracy Pound says the fundraiser supports the Homeless Outreach and Prevention program.
“We serve people right through from youth to our oldest client being 89 years old and we see people coming to us that are literally hungry, hurting and homeless in our community,” Pound says. “Some of them may be working families that have run into a rough patch. Maybe someone has had a serious injury in the family, a job loss.”
Money raised helps cover utility payments, food costs or rent for those in need.
Pound says the funding helps people who fall through the cracks.
“We had one woman who was in her eighties, was struggling, had been a homeowner most her life and had been independent. She became extremely ill and was hospitalized,” Pound says. “Her bills and things got ahead of her and she was losing her housing opportunity. We had a social worker approach us and say ‘Hey, can you help this gal out?'”
Anyone interested in taking part or making a donation can find more information here.
(Photo courtesy of Coldest Night of the Year 2018 / Facebook)
– Event Organizer Tracy Pound, Community Connections Society