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The Coldest Night of the Year comes to the Sault

Thursday, January 16, 2014   by: Staff



A short walk for a big problem returns to the Sault for a second event

St. Vincent Place is encouraging Sault Ste. Marie residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for The Coldest Night of the Year (walk).
A family-friendly winter fundraising event for Sault Ste. Marie's homeless, hungry and hurting, the walk takes place on the evening of February 22nd, 2014.

Taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year will help participants understand the experience of surviving on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of St. Vincent Place in providing much-needed support to members of our community.
Coldest Night walks will be taking place on the same night in an anticipated 65 cities from coast to coast.

The Sault Ste. Marie walk begins and ends at St. Vincent Place, located at 222 Albert Street East, where walkers will register, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm celebration meal.
Donning iconic gray toques, participants will walk a 2 km, 5 km or 10 km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way.

This is St. Vincent Place’s second time taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and they’re aiming to raise $50,000 for their work with the homeless in Sault Ste. Marie.
An expected 250 walkers and 25 teams, including staff and friends of St. Vincent Place are expected to brave the cold winter's night.

St. Vincent Place has been serving Sault Ste. Marie for ten years, and the boost in funds resulting from the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their clients in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.

For further information about the exciting event, contact:
Jennifer Sarlo, Event Director

For National Event information, contact
Brian Carney, Executive Director

About St. Vincent Place Sault Ste. Marie

St. Vincent Place is a creation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the community of Sault Ste. Marie in response to a call for an entity to provide shelter for men over 18 years of age.
St. Vincent Place is a non-profit organization, dedicated to assisting members of the community with basic needs and skill development.
The four components of the St. Vincent Place services are the men’s shelter, food bank, soup kitchen and thrift store, located at 222 Albert St. East.
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Just Curious 1/16/2014 3:00:34 PM Report

St Vincents, along with the Salvation army, are the only two charities that I will support in the limited way that I can. I would love to take part in the walk but health conditions won't allow it.. A great thing and I wish you the best... The guy with the little brown and white dog....:)
jessiecat 1/16/2014 3:02:50 PM Report

St Vincents , Good Cause and Good Staff.
anama 1/16/2014 3:05:18 PM Report

Staff there are wonderful people. They do a great job for a great purpose!
madmaymax 1/16/2014 3:57:29 PM Report

Tag33&1/3rd 1/16/2014 4:56:40 PM Report

Wait for it...
Pakadeva 1/16/2014 5:31:28 PM Report

Awesome idea for a wonderful cause, I will try to make it for sure!
Tom_Bom 1/16/2014 7:19:28 PM Report

I lived at st vincent for a little bit. They saved me from the streets until I could get my own place. It's a worthy cause, just based on the merits of what they do. They give you shelter and feed you 3 times a day. They help the most vulnerable people in our society, the poor.

In a world where the poor are often scoffed at like lepers, St. Vincent gives them hope and helps them back on their feet. I can't say enough good things about the shelter, the food bank, and about this cause.
awesome1 1/18/2014 10:01:51 PM Report

The recipients should be mandatory to participate in this walk,,,they should have to try! they should automatically want to participate, but those who can't come up with it themselves, should be told they have to for this month,,, at least!
kuva 1/19/2014 10:09:54 AM Report

great, hope I can make it. We should not judge those who live there in any way . there but for the Grace of God go I maybe they have spent enough time on the cold streets and feel like underlings amongst those who takes part if yu want to walk walk if yu don't don't but lets not judge those who live there god knows they have seen enough
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