Open Arms' Coldest Night fundraiser coming up

Wendy Elliott
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The team from the Wolfville Children’s Centre, called the Shivering Sisters, decorated shirts for the 2013 walk. From left are Nicole O’Brien, Ashley Wamboldt, Alicia Curry and Alice Taylor.

Open Arms is already gearing up for the 2014 Coldest Night of the Year event set for Feb. 22.

Open Arms, which carries out six programs across the Valley, has signed up a record number of teams, according to director John Andrew.

Funds raised will help shelter achieve the sustainability of a permanent outreach shelter,” he said.

The walk “is a great way for people to step into the shoes of those who struggle with homelessness and poverty,” Andrew said.

Open Arms operates two drop-in centers, Inn From The Cold, Treasure House soup kitchens, a rural food delivery program, housing option, and job help programs,

Nationally, the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser is in its third year. Kentville began participating last year and collected over $40,000 with 41 teams and more than 300 participants. Open Arms ranked fifth in Canada in terms of pledges.

Coldest Night of the Year is a non-competitive five- or 10-kilometre winter walk fundraiser that supports Canadian charities who serve people who are hungry, homeless and hurting in cities across Canada.

For more information, see the website, or call Open Arms at 365-3665.

Organizations: Open Arms, Treasure House

Geographic location: Canada

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