Many may not know that 235,000 Canadians are homeless, including about 65,000 young people aged 16–25. To help them, Raising the Roof, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that provides long-term homeless solutions, called out to the community for support in their 18th Annual Toque campaign. This 2015 edition, socks are also available to contribute to the fundraising.
Answering the call for GardaWorld were Mildred Ralph and Angela Krszwda, both employees of our branch in Fort McMurray, Alberta. “It is really cold outside this time of the year, and I can’t imagine not having a place to call my ‘home’ especially not knowing where I will sleep tonight”, Mildred said.
The two women helped Raising the Roof by selling more than 100 toques and 100 pairs of socks to fellow GardaWorld employees during the 2015 campaign, raising $2,140 for the homeless. Each pair of socks or toques purchased will make a difference in these ways:
1 pair of socks (or toque) can pay for four bus tokens and two hot meals for a young person.
10 pairs of socks (or toques) can pay for one week’s enrolment in life skills or the apprenticeship program.
200 pairs of socks (or toques) can pay for one month in a workplace mentoring program or a traditional housing facility.
To date, the campaign has generated close to $4 million to support 145 agencies serving the homeless in more than 70 communities across Canada. The funds will also help Raising the Roof’s national Child and Family Homelessness initiative, to help prevent family homelessness.
Participating was easy and rewarding. “We’ll plan ahead and go bigger and better in 2016,” Mildred and Angela say. “We want to make this a challenge for GardaWorld employees all across Canada, for next year’s campaign.”