Northumberland police services restock supply of winter survival kits

Project Winter Survival now includes Cobourg, Port Hope and OPP as partners

COBOURG — An initiative of the Toronto non-profit charity Engage and Change, Project Winter Survival, now marks its third year of helping Northumberland County’s homeless and less fortunate survive during frigid winter months.

This year winter survival kits donated from Toronto were combined with kits created locally by Northumberland County’s Affordable Housing Committee, and will be provided to anyone by police officers from Cobourg, Port Hope and the Ontario Provincial Police.

According to Cobourg Police Acting Sergeant Randall Curr, Cobourg joined forces with the Port Hope Police last year to distribute the kits, and for 2015 have welcomed the Ontario Provincial Police to the program.

“This year we’re involving the OPP as well, to reach out across Northumberland County to those people who aren’t using programs such as Transition House or those from the Salvation Army,” he said. “This year we will have a total of 17 winter survival kits that will be available amongst the three police services, allowing frontline officers to give them to people that they encounter on the streets.”

He said that eight of the 10 kits available during the last two years have been handed out.

Over the last 15 years, Project Winter Survival and its team of volunteers and donors have assembled and distributed more than 21,000 Winter Survival Kits to homeless in the Toronto area and beyond.

The survival kits which contain items such as sleeping bags, clothing, food, and personal care items, which often make the difference between life and death.

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