WARM RE­GARDS

Thou­sands of dol­lars raised once more for those with­out a roof over their heads

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - FRAM DINSHAW

Ap­prox­i­mately 300 peo­ple of all ages raised money for lo­cal home­less peo­ple dur­ing the re­cent Cold­est Night of the Year walk in Truro.

TRURO, N.S. – On the sur­face, Ta­mara Dono­van is all smiles and bright eyes.

But a cer­tain heav­i­ness falls over her when­ever the sub­ject of home­less­ness is men­tioned.

That’s why Dono­van vol­un­teered at the an­nual Cold­est Night of the Year walk in Truro Satur­day, serv­ing hot drinks to peo­ple who were rais­ing money to help those with­out a home.

“I think it’s very sad,” said Dono­van. “I just want to help out in any way I can re­ally … it’s a huge prob­lem through­out the en­tire coun­try.”

Mean­time, Jenna Forsyth and her young son Beck­ett also want to help. Mother and son were among about 300 peo­ple in 22 teams who raised money by walk­ing through the streets of down­town Truro.

“I feel bad,” said Beck­ett, af­ter his walk. “I want to get a home for them.”

The tar­get was to raise $60,000 for the Truro Home­less Out­reach So­ci­ety.

But Beck­ett and Jenna have done CNOY walks for five years in a row, ever since her son was in pre-k.

For Forsyth, the an­nual walks sup­port­ing home­less peo­ple pro­vide a teach­able mo­ment for her son.

“As part of this com­mu­nity, we must take care of ev­ery­one in it,” said Jenna. “I hope Beck­ett un­der­stands the dy­nam­ics of what home­less­ness might look like.”

Stephanie Wat­son, who runs the Truro Home­less Out­reach So­ci­ety, is well aware of what home­less­ness in Truro can look like. THOS says a lack of af­ford­able hous­ing, as well as un­treated men­tal health is­sues and ad­dic­tions, of­ten lead to home­less­ness.

Of its 16 beds, THOS cur­rently has none avail­able for home­less peo­ple. Vol­un­teers are faced with turn­ing away those in need of shel­ter.

“Peo­ple are out­side in the cold all win­ter and this is our cold­est and we’ve had to turn peo­ple away in the last cou­ple of weeks,” said Wat­son.

THOS first be­gan in 2014 as a shel­ter at Truro’s First United Church. It moved into its cur­rent build­ing at 862 Prince St. in late 2017.

CNOY walks were held in com­mu­ni­ties across Canada on Feb. 22.

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“I just want to help out in any way I can re­ally … it’s a huge prob­lem through­out the en­tire coun­try.”

Ta­mara Dono­van

Vol­un­teer

FRAM DINSHAW/TRURO NEWS

Ap­prox­i­mately 300 peo­ple of all ages raised money for lo­cal home­less peo­ple on the re­cent Cold­est Night of the Year walk in Truro.

FRAM DINSHAW/TRURO NEWS

This group from Red­cliff Mid­dle School, called the World Chang­ers, were among more than 20 groups rais­ing funds for home­less peo­ple in Truro.

FRAM DINSHAW/TRURO NEWS

Jenna Forsyth brings her son Beck­ett to Cold­est Night of the Year walks to teach him about the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity. This year, he came with his friend, Reid Mc­conkey, left.

FRAM DINSHAW/ TRURO NEWS

Stephanie Wat­son is nav­i­ga­tor and vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor at the Truro Home­less Out­reach So­ci­ety.

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