Streets Alive Mission had their most successful ‘Coldest Night of the Year’ on Saturday, February 25th. A tremendous turnout was shown by local residents and sponsors braving the cold for the winter family-friendly fundraising event to aid Lethbridge’s hungry, hurting and less-fortunate.
Marie McLennan, Associate Director of Philanthropy at Streets Alive Mission, was thrilled with the results and says, “We are always so humbled by the response we receive from this Community. This year’s walk is no exception. To see our numbers grow both in the total amount collected and in the number of walkers and teams supporting us, shows how deeply committed Lethbridge and the surrounding community’s are in battling poverty and making sure that those of us committed to that work, have the resources we need. Poverty is a huge problem, but having the communities support makes the hard work much easier to do. The ability Streets Alive Mission has to deliver the life-changing programming we offer, is completely dependent on the resources that are made available to us. Thank you so much to all of our corporate sponsors, media sponsors and the teams and walkers for giving us a tremendous gift!”
This year was the most successful year in the 6 years Streets Alive has hosted the event, raising a record $36,800+. The coveted ‘Breadmaker’ trophy for the most funds raised by a team went to ‘E-Free Church Birds of a Feather’, who raised an outstanding $3,675, all to help the less-fortunate in Lethbridge.
Streets Alive Mission appreciates the community sponsors for this event and would like to thank them for their generosity and support, especially the Lead Sponsor RBC Hass Wealth Advisory Group.
Coldest Night of the Year is Canada’s unofficial walk for the hungry, hurting, and homeless. A
record 18,243 participants walked in 3,051 teams, in 113 cities across Canada, smashing the collective goal and raising over $4 million dollars for local charities helping those in need. By walking together in the chill of the night, participants shared an understanding of the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of Streets Alive in providing much-needed support to members of the community.
Streets Alive Mission has been bringing hope to the hopeless in Lethbridge for 27 years, and the funds raised in the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their clients in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.
● Streets Alive Mission began as the vision of three women back in 1989 to reach out to the impoverished and less-fortunate people in Lethbridge.
● There are 13 programs run by Streets Alive Mission, including the People In Need (PIN) Bank, a feeding program, a Trusteeship program that teaches clients how to handle their money, and both men’s and women’s transitional housing. All of these programs are provided by generous donations of community supporters, and teams of committed volunteers. No government funding is used for Streets Alive Mission programs.
● Streets Alive Mission serves over 100 people per day, on average, through their programs.
● In 2016, Streets Alive Mission provided over 10,000 individual items to people in need, as well as 50,000 sandwiches for those living on the streets or in the shelter and low-income hotels around downtown Lethbridge.
Streets Alive Mission is dedicated to bringing hope to those who have none, by building relationships with the disenfranchised, through a variety of volunteer driven programs.