Project Winter Survival 2012

It was a cold but sunny day for this year’s Project Winter Survival. Last weekend 3000 backpacks were filled with supplies for homeless people, like sleeping bags, hats, gloves, socks, toiletries and other useful things.

This weekend the kits were distributed to some of the agencies and shelters who asked for them. After all the kits were distributed a group went down to give more directly to people on the street.

Here’s a time lapse of boxes of kits being given to agencies.


An example of what’s contained inside the kits.

One of the larger trucks on site.

Volunteers and agencies receiving kits.

There were many smaller agencies—some of which left with their cars completely filled.

Jody Steinhauer, Founder of Project Winter Survival.

Jody and street outreach nurse Anne Marie Batten handing out the first kit.

The rest of the group, including Chantel Eskwire, Stephanie Zubcic and others.

I have helped with Project Winter Survival for a few years now, but this was the first time I’ve been able to see the effect it actually has for the people who get them. It’s an eye opener.

Update: Here’s a short clip from CityTV, showing the group giving out kits.

6 responses to “Project Winter Survival 2012

  1. Thank you for being with us on street outreach. Your pictures are great. This is a wonderful project and I am so grateful to have been part of it. These kits and sleeping bags make a real difference in the lives of those with no other option than to be sleeping on the street.

  2. Thanks, but I was really just helping document it. The other volunteers all the real work—from organizing to the packing, moving and actually connecting with the people living on the street. I’m just glad to be able to share what they were able to do.

  3. What a great cause/organization. Cool that you got to be a part of it! The pictures of goods being handed out to people on the streets really tugged at my heart… it’s easy to forget that there are people out there frezing and starving.

  4. Great job once again this year. Much gratitude to all who give their time and effort to help others like this. Well done.

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