This past year has shaken our lives. Some people muddled through, but some slipped through the cracks.

Some people are experiencing abuse, trying to get through the day while missing meals. Searching for a safe place to sleep, maybe for the first time. Maybe they made choices they regret, or maybe they were blindsided by something totally unpredictable. And now they’re lost, wondering if there’s a place for them tonight. And it’s cold out there.

That’s what the Coldest Night of the Year is about. It’s when people of all shapes and colors connect together, whether virtually or in-person, to see the bigger picture. To walk out into a cold Canadian night and raise money for charities serving people and families experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger.

This fundraising event is a primary funding source for Milton Transitional Housing, and in 2020 participants raised more than $60,000 in Milton to help ten families recovering from homelessness. This year the need is greater than ever so please help Milton Transitional Housing do it again!

Their goal for 2021 is to raise $70,000.   Walk with them on February 20th – virtually or in-person. All social distancing measures will be strictly adhered to for those who join us on walk day. Or, walk any day in February by yourself or with your team!

HERE’S WHAT’S DIFFERENT about our 2021 walk:

  • You can choose to walk “virtually” … anytime in February, anywhere and any distance you like. You choose!
  • You can also choose to walk “in person” on walk day, February 20. This will be a Covid-safe, OUTDOOR event following all health protocols.
  • For the 2021 walk there is NO REGISTRATION FEE. We are asking all walkers to fundraise to support Milton Transitional Housing. Participants who raise the minimum or more will receive their own CNOY toque as our thank you for fundraising! ($150 for adults 18 and over, $75 for youth 17 and under). For those opting to walk “virtually” there will be TOQUE PICK-UP locations and times.
  • There’ll be no cash or cheque collection or registration on event day– this will keep everyone a little safer. As in previous walks, most fundraising happens online anyway, through each walker’s “FUNDHUB” page. Any cheques should be made out to “Coldest Night of the Year” and mailed directly to the CNOY Head Office by the walker for processing. Special envelopes will be provided to make this easy – more on that later.

To show you how important you are to Milton Transitional Housing, here’s A LITTLE STORY about one of our past clients who is now living independently and successfully. Paul (not his real name) was kicked out of his family home on his 18th birthday just a few months before he was due to graduate high school. Paul didn’t go to school much after that. Finally, Paul ended up at the Lighthouse Shelter in Oakville. Fortunately, the shelter contacted Milton Transitional Housing and Paul was accepted into MTH’s program. He was placed in a small one-bedroom apartment where he learned to live on his own, managed to finish high school, and planned a future for himself with the mentorship of MTH’s Case Manager. After 18 months of living with MTH’s support, Paul enrolled in community college with OSAP funding. He graduated several years ago and is now employed and living successfully on his own.

Paul’s is just one story of many. MTH is currently helping 10 families regain their dignity and housing independence. There’s a lot of hurt and uncertainty in our community right now, and it feels like it’s getting colder each day. It’s been a tough year for most of us, and maybe for you personally, but we believe there’s a place for everyone if we can come together – regardless of what life throws our way (pandemics included).

That’s what Coldest Night of the Year is all about. And why, in a year full of isolation and lockdowns, we’re inviting you to boldly gather your friends together again – virtually or in-person – to fundraise for the families, youth, and others experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness in your community.

So join us this February – register to walk, start a team, fundraise, volunteer, donate, and share #cnoy21. Because there is a place for everyone. https://cnoymilton.ca

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