FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2013 SANTA SHUFFLE
Toronto, December 7th, 2013 – Once again Cover-All supported a team of 14 participants with a $5,000.00 donation towards the Salvation Army’s annual Santa Shuffle event at Sunnybrook / Wilket Creek Park (1132 Leslie St.).
The funds raised through this year’s Santa Shuffle will be going directly to The Salvation Army Gateway, a 118-bed shelter for men experiencing homelessness in Toronto.
Beyond providing the basic necessities of food and shelter, the Gateway also runs a Drop-In program which plays a crucial role in restoring dignity and keeping men and women off of the streets. The Drop-In is open from 1 – 7pm five days a week and through it the Gateway provides hot meals, a safe and warm place to be, recreational programs and friendship. In this way, the Drop-In also serves as a support for individuals who’ve moved on from the shelter into a place of their own. For anyone living on the street, in the shelter or in low-income housing, having a place to go and a community to belong to makes a world of difference.
The annual operating cost for the Gateway Drop-In is approximately $68000 (73.5% food and 26.5% staffing) and the money raised through the Santa Shuffle last year was enough to fund it for all of 2013. That is the goal again for this year’s event. All of the money raised will be put exclusively toward the Gateway Drop-In, which means that all donations will have a direct and meaningful impact on those experiencing marginalization and homelessness in our city.