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Men’s Shelter trying to show struggles of the homeless on “Coldest Night of the Year”

The Lloyminster Men’s Shelter is taking part of the 6th annual Coldest Night of the Year event. The  national walk and fundraiser has 200 organizations participating across Canada this year.

Executive Director Heather Gray hopes the walk will help the community become more aware of how the homeless are living, especially during the colder months.

“We walk at night. It’s to realize that our homeless people are some are, have no shelter and that they are out walking around, walking through the streets during the night time trying to stay warm and trying to stay fed as much as they can.”

The walk is 2 kilometers long that will begin at the Grace United Church at 5 p.m. Gray is expecting a bigger turnout than previous years.

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“Number of walkers have increased every year. Last year we had 84 and this year our goal is 100 walkers and 14 teams.”

The walk will take place Saturday, February 24.

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