$140,000 raised for seven cities, more than 50 shelters
Toronto, December 14, 2004 – Starting today and throughout the evening, hundreds of volunteers from communities across seven Canadian cities will take to the streets to distribute $140,000 in new clothing and supplies to more than 50 homeless shelters and charities as part of the Angels in the Night volunteer program.
"There are people out there in our communities who clearly need our help," says Andrew Moor, president and CEO, Invis. "We're hoping to spread some warmth to those whose holidays may not be so merry. "
For the past several months, Invis, Canada's largest independent mortgage brokerage, and its lending partners have been raising funds in support of its 2004 Angels in the Night program. Money raised is used to purchase blankets, coats, boots, and personal supplies specifically requested by shelters and charities.
The Angels in the Night program was the inspiration of a Vancouver employee who was moved by the plight of the homeless in the city's downtown eastside in 2002. That year the company initiated Angels in the Night, successfully raising $17,000 for the purchase of supplies for homeless shelters in Vancouver. Recognizing a greater need countrywide, last year Invis expanded the grassroots initiative to five cities and raised more than $100,000. This year the program was expanded to Victoria and Halifax.
"It's amazing how the act of giving can snowball," says Moor. "Over the last three years, hundreds of volunteers have come out and lent their personal time and resources, and I'm honoured to be associated with each and every one of them."
Start times and locations
Members of the media are invited to lend a hand as volunteers take to the streets and visit shelters in the following cities:
CityLocationStart time (local) Halifax Byrony House 5:30 pm 2786 Agricola Street, Suite 119 (Bloomfield Centre) MontrealLa Maison du Pre 3:00 pm 1090 St-Hubert (corner of Ren-Lvesque E.) Toronto 95 King Street East, Suite 1006:00 pm Calgary Army & Navy Store6:00 pm 1107 33 Street NEEdmontonArmy & Navy Store5:30 pm 10411 Whyte Avenue Vancouver Army & Navy Store (loading bay) 6:00 pm36 West Cordova Street VictoriaSalvation Army Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre6:00 pm 525 Johnson Street
About Angels in the Night:
Angels in the Night is a volunteer community event founded by Invis in 2002. The program aims to raise money through mortgage brokers, financial institutions, partners and other service providers to purchase blankets, outerwear and other clothing and supplies for homeless shelters and charitable organizations. For more information, please visit www.angelsinthenight.ca.