SINCE 1999, Project Winter Survival and our team of volunteers & donors have assembled and distributed close to 45,000 Winter Survival Kits. These kits provide warmth and essential supplies needed for the homeless and less fortunate to survive on the streets. These kits often make the difference between life and death.
EACH year close to 18,000 requests for these life saving kits were received from agencies that help the homeless. Our goal this year is to assemble and distribute more than 3000 kits to over 200 front line agencies, which include the Red Cross, Out of the Cold programs, the Salvation Army, Covenant House, local shelters, and outreach programs in the Greater Toronto Area. These agencies then distribute the kits to the most vulnerable people who are living on our streets.
Each kit includes 30+ essential items such as a sleeping bag, hat, gloves, scarf and more.
Those in Need
There are now an estimated 10,000 people homeless in Toronto alone, every night – a number that has almost doubled over the past few years. Every year, Project Winter Survival distributes survival kits to close to 200 frontline social service agencies and outreach programs; the survival kits are given to Toronto’s homeless population. Project Winter Survival does not directly hand out survival kits to individual homeless people; instead we donate them to the true experts — agencies and outreach people – who often use them as communication tools to start conversations so that they can help the homeless. Ultimately, their goal is to drive these conversations toward encouraging homeless people to seek refuge in shelters, but the survival kits are available to those who are reluctant to take that step.