Angels in the Night visit homeless shelters across Canada with truckloads of supplies



    Now in sixth year, program has raised over $1 million.

    TORONTO, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - Today and into the night, teams of Angels in the
Night volunteers are personally delivering over $275,000 of newly-purchased
clothing and supplies to 89 homeless shelters in 13 Canadian cities.
    Mortgage consultants at Invis, along with their friends, families and
business partners, have been raising money for The Salvation Army in support
of Angels in the Night. Funds raised this year have put the cumulative total,
since the program began in 2002, over the million-dollar mark.
    "As mortgage advisors, we help people find the right home, but with the
Angels in the Night project we do what we can to help those without one," says
Fiona Campbell, Vice President Eastern Canada for Invis, Canada's largest
mortgage brokerage. "It's a chance for us to make a modest but meaningful
difference for some of those who call the street their home this winter."
    Each year, Angels in the Night volunteers work directly with a range of
registered community shelters to find out exactly what supplies are needed the
most. Then, they purchase the goods and deliver them personally to the
shelters.
    To get the most bang for their buck, volunteers work with national
wholesalers to stretch their purchasing power. Just $100 can buy 135 pairs of
sport socks or 50 knit toques, 35 pairs of Thinsulate gloves or 20
sweatshirts.
    Shelter use is rising, and with winter temperatures dipping, these
supplies are needed all the more. According to a 2007 Statistics Canada
report, residential shelters, including homeless shelters, provided care for
235,916 residents, a 2.3 per cent increase from the year before.
    "Homelessness is an unfortunate reality for many," says Graham Moore,
Territorial Public Relations & Development Secretary at The Salvation Army.
"Angels in the Night is a great example of a group of professionals banding
together to lend a hand. Their enthusiasm is wonderful to see this holiday
season."
    This year, Angels in the Night volunteers will visit homeless shelters in
Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Halifax, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary,
Winnipeg, Victoria, Kelowna, Cranbrook and new for this year, St. Catharines.

    
    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:

    City            Location                                     Start time
                                                                 (local)

    Halifax         DeYoung Container Services                   5:00pm
                    20 Wright Ave Unit No. 7 Burnside

    Montreal        Mission Bon Accueil,                         2:00pm
                    4755 Rue Acorn

    Ottawa          Invis Office 1335 Carling Avenue, Suite 212  5:30pm

    Toronto         Palais Royale Ballroom                       6:00pm
                    1601 Lakeshore Boulevard West

    Hamilton        Good Shepherd Family Centre                  7:30pm
                    143 Wentworth Street South

    St Catharines   Invis Office No. 3 - 5 St Paul Crescent      3:00pm

    Winnipeg        Invis Office 2310 Pembina Highway            4:00pm

    Calgary         Army & Navy Store                            6:00pm
                    1107 33rd Street NE
                    (parking lot on N. side of store)

    Edmonton        Army & Navy Store                            6:00pm
                    10411 Whyte Avenue

    Cranbrook       Women's Resource Centre                      5:00pm
                    45 13th Avenue

    Kelowna         Kelowna Gospel Mission                       2:00pm
                    251 Leon Avenue

    Vancouver       Army & Navy Store (loading bay on west side) 6:00pm
                    36 West Cordova Street

    Victoria        Salvation Army 525 Johnson St.               5:30pm
    

    About Angels in the Night

    Angels in the Night is a volunteer community event founded by Invis in
2002. Angels in the Night aims to raise money for The Salvation Army through
mortgage brokers, financial institutions, business partners and other service
providers to purchase blankets, outerwear and other clothing and supplies for
homeless shelters and other charitable organizations. For more information,
please visit www.angelsinthenight.ca.





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