@TorontoPolice Headquarters Winter Coat Drive for the Homeless | 2018

@TorontoPolice Headquarters Winter Coat Drive for the Homeless | 2018


This year’s clothing drive has been a
huge success here at the Duty Desk at Toronto Police Headquarters… we’ve
collected so many coats for the homeless… it’s our annual event we’ve been doing
it for a little over six years now, and we were overwhelmed with the generosity
of people in our building from the public who came by… really really great.
Well this year for sure with all the coldness that we’ve had out there the
weather change it’s been the having the coldest of winter in a while but they’re
such a need this year not only you know with the coats but also scarves we had
hats gloves were a shock by the amount of gloves people just donated and they
were all grateful to receive them. I would have to say it’s been a tremendous
response from officers and civilians alike within the building and bringing
their stuff in we’ve got a number of coats today I would have to say we’ve
probably collected over 250 – 300 coats what we’ve got is certainly substantial
to help a few the shelters out we’re gonna be taking the coats and other
items of clothing to Covenant House to Haven as well as Women’s Res, and there’s a few women and children facilities here throughout Toronto that we’re gonna be
taking the smaller coats and articles to this is a very bad winter so any items
of clothing, warmth, jackets, boots, toques, hats, actually make a huge difference
you know they can be the difference between life and death for some guys so
it’s much appreciated. It’s absolutely been the worst year in history for
people who are homeless in the city of Toronto just by comparison in 1972 they
were less than a thousand people homeless in the city of Toronto this
year in shelters and these warming centers and drop-in centers there’s
going to be seven thousand people so the problem in our city is getting worse the
weather hasn’t helped but the state of homelessness in this city is in a crisis
can you imagine being in your 60s or your 70s and sleeping outside in any
kind of condition I don’t think most people really understand the scope of
the problem in this city so Haven Toronto has been around since 1933 in
the Downtown Eastside and we serve older homeless men and marginally and socially
isolated old men we provide a place for them to come
that’s safe that’s warm welcoming we provide food we have counseling we have
dental hygienist so they can take care of their oral health we have nurses who
come in and visit the men and we try and support them and get them housing well
here at Kota house were the Canada’s largest agency providing services and
programs to youth who are at risk we’re homeless and also who are victims of sex
trafficking we provide a wide variety of programs and services so this winter has
been particularly called and that’s why this amazing donation of men toronto
police services really really appreciate and really really needed there might be
circumstances where youth don’t actually have a warm enough coat so they come to
us and we’ll be able to provide them with a coat now that that’s been donated
to us we really do appreciate that we have an absolutely amazing relationship
with Toronto police chief Saunders actually system our board of directors
he actually participates in our sleepout events and the officers are absolutely
fantastic they’re a wonderful wonderful partner with our organization they huge
supporters and they really do help us out in a number of ways we are going to
be doing this again next year we would really appreciate anybody if you want to
drop coats here at headquarters we’d be more than grateful but guaranteed we’re
gonna do it again next year and hats gloves scarves coats all good it would
be great if Torontonians should make a donation to the shelters
or to the United Way it would be most most appreciated

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