The Coldest Night of the Year is something that I’ve heard about for a few years, but had never been involved with..until now! It is happening all over Canada, but what makes it special is that in each place it happens, it directly impacts that community. It is a national movement that reaches roots down into each community and organizes each one to care for their own people.
Mark your calendar for:
Saturday February 21, 2015
In Oshawa, the team that I am walking with is walking in support of The Refuge. Have you heard of them? If you haven’t, you will be so surprised when I tell you. They are this amazing group of staff and volunteers who operate a youth drop-in center; providing food, shelter and care to a large population of vulnerable and marginalized youth, living right in our own little Oshawa (I use “little” only in comparison to Toronto…Oshawa is pretty big).
This is their Vision:
“We want to see people restored to the truth that they are created in the image of God with gifts, abilities, the capacity to make positive decisions and to affect change in the world around them. We desire to see people reveal God’s glory through careful stewardship of their lives, communities, resources and relationships.”
And let me tell you; they absolutely walk the walk to back this statement up.
I’m sure that most of us have no idea of the hard work that is being done quietly behind the scenes at The Refuge that is touching our community, and bringing healing and restoration to those who need it.
I care very much about the people in the place I live, and in the places that you live all over! So I am taking this moment to share with you what we can do, right now, together. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with needs in the world, especially if they appear vague or ambiguous.
But this is really specific.
And we can know exactly where our help is going. It’s going to The Refuge! It’s staying right here. It’s not going somewhere mysterious and undetermined to accomplish potentially nothing. It is meeting very real physical and emotional needs.
There are two things you can do right now to be prepared for February 21;
- Join a team and walk! Find a walk that’s happening close to where you live, and sign yourself up here!
- Support the walk! If you’re not able to join the walk, I would love it if you would support us! You can do that here!!
It’s not hard, and there aren’t even a lot of steps to it! But the impact lasts.
Have you done the walk before? Let me know what it was like in the comments below! Are you walking this year? I’d love to hear about the places in your community that are being supported! Curious to see how the night turns out? Come follow me on Instagram and Twitter for updates! (as well as for the usual fun things too!) You can also connect with me on Facebook and Pinterest!
Don’t miss your chance to respond! There are still 12 days until The Coldest Night of the Year!
I’m so excited to be sharing this with you, because it’s always wonderful to share something that I love!
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Take care, and have a great day!
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