More than 170 people took part in the annual Coldest Night of the Year event on Feb. 26, walking the streets of Nelson and neighbouring communities on a sunny day wearing this year’s signature yellow toques.
Like last year, Coldest Night was not a mass event with a warm meal at the end. Instead, over 40 registered teams picked their own routes and times. They walked to raise funds for the Nelson CARES program Ready for Home, which aims to provide affordable and safe housing for those most in need.
As of the morning of Feb. 28, the event had raised $70,000, surpassing by 45 per cent the goal of $48,000, but donations are still coming in.
‘Thank you, Nelson, for this eighth year of support for the Coldest Night of the Year,” said Nelson CARES’ executive director Jenny Robinson in a news release. “These past few years have been some of the most difficult of our lifetimes.”
“We have worked hard, but not as hard as those experiencing homelessness must do each day to survive the housing crisis, the poison drug supply, and the pandemic without a home,” Robinson said. “Your generosity is a refuge.”
Contributions may still be made until March 31 at www.cnoy.org/nelson.