The Cold Is Coming


It's inevitable, there's nothing we can do about it, winter is coming.

As my mother often reminds me, “Wear a hat! You lose 80% of your body heat through your head.” Or, “Wear mitts instead of gloves, to keep your hands 50% warmer.” And then there’s my personal favourite, “A scarf will help reduce your chances of getting a sore throat by 60%.” Now, my mother is not a medical researcher, an actuary or any other type of professional that would justify her knowledge of weather-related anatomy stats. She just knows her facts.

All I know is that when it’s 20 degrees below zero and skins cells are exposed, that skin and the rest of my body feels damn cold. I’m likely not alone in feeling this, which makes me think a lot about homeless people in our community as I dust off my winter best.

The temperature is due to drop into the low single digits within the next few weeks. Making it just the right time for Troop to help out the members of Sistering, a multi-service charity, supporting socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. Sistering supports thousands of women every year, some make life-changing decisions because of their help, while others value the respectful welcome they receive along with a hot meal, a shower and a change of clothes. The type of respect all women deserve.

This week, we show respect for Sistering and the community they serve by helping them stock up for the cold weather.

Fulfill the need

In pure Troop fashion, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to help out Sistering. Here’s how you can help:
  • Pool funds: You can pool your funds together with other Troopers to maximize your impact.  We’ll fulfill the needs and report back on your contribution’s impact.
  • Donated goods: If you’d like to donate any of your slightly used goods that are in great condition, you can register for us to pick them up below.

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Troop Target

This need is open until:
November 7, 2019 12:00 am


Troopers have

Target: $540

Contributions to date: $45

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You can set up an automatic contribution with a Troop plan. 
Sit back, relax and we’ll put your contributions to work to fulfill the weekly needs.

Pool funds

We’re getting smarter with the pooled funds and working to make your hard-earned cash go further. Hello, bulk buying! We’re partnering with a wholesaler to get the best deals on warm socks (thermal 4-pack @ $8/unit x 30 = $240); winter hats (winter toque @ $3.50/unit x 24 = $84), scarfs (polar fleece scarf @ $4/unit x 36 = $144), and gloves (knit gloves @ $3/each x 24 = $72). Our grand target is $540 to get one box of each.

Donated goods

If you have extra hats, scarfs, mitts, etc. in your closet (of course you do – you live in Canada), and you’re emotionally ready to part with them, then register a pickup. We’ll drive around to collect your winter treasures (all treasures should be washed and wearable, no holes, please, the snow gets in… unless it’s a balaclava, people need to breathe). Pickups will take place on Thursday, Nov 7th from 8.30am-12.00pm in the Roncy / High Park / Parkdale / Junction ish neighbourhoods.

More Details: Sistering

Sistering is a charitable organization serving the socially isolated and marginalized women of Toronto. For over 35 years they have given a voice and hope to Toronto’s most vulnerable women, including homeless and transient women, women leaving abusive situations, widowed and pensionless women and young women involved in sex work and drug use.

Their doors are open 24/7 to offer a safe, welcoming place. In addition to providing the basic necessities – hot food, shower and laundry facilities, clothes, internet access and a mailing address; they also provide the not so basic services like harm reduction support, counselling, peer support, onsite primary healthcare, access to settlement workers and 24/7 drop-in support.

It’s the combination of these programs and the multi-service agency approach that allows Sistering to effectively meet the needs of its members.
962 Bloor St West Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6H 1L6

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