Buy a toque on Toque Tuesday and help address homelessness

YES Shelter for Youth and Families will be at Plush Boutique in downtown Peterborough

Toque Tuesday has raised more than $7 million for over 180 community agencies across Canada since 1997 (photo: Raising the Roof)
Toque Tuesday has raised more than $7 million for over 180 community agencies across Canada since 1997 (photo: Raising the Roof)

Volunteers from YES Shelter for Youth and Families will be at Plush Boutique in downtown Peterborough this afternoon (February 7) to raise funds for the 20th anniversary of National Toque Tuesday.

Toque Tuesday is an annual initiative from Raising the Roof, a Canadian national charity focused on long-term solutions to homelessness. Since 1997, the annual Toque Campaign has raised more than $7 million for over 180 community agencies across Canada to help support long-term solutions to end homelessness.

“The only thing more Canadian than a toque is the generosity of our people who understand that homelessness is unacceptable, and a problem that can be solved,” says Stephen Gaetz, Board President and Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness.

How buying a toque helps address homelessness (infographic: Raising the Roof)
How buying a toque helps address homelessness (infographic: Raising the Roof)

YES volunteers will be at Plush Boutique (384 George St. N., Peterborough) from noon until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7th, selling toques, mittens, and sport socks. Funds raised will go to support youth and families who use YES services.

The YES Shelter for Youth and Families provides a safe haven and support to move forward for hundreds of youth and families. As well as emergency shelter, YES provides transitional supports and housing, life skills and other training, an on-site high school classroom, and a food cupboard.

Last year, YES provided 7,220 nights of shelter for 223 people, including 23 families. It supported 14 youth through its transitional housing program at Abbott House and 37 students at the Carriage House School. The YES food cupboard was used by 233 households, with 895 people being fed.

If you can’t make it to Plush Boutique today to buy a toque, you can order one online at www.raisingtheroof.org.

VIDEO: “Next Generation” – Raising the Roof

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