The 8th Annual James Street Soup Kitchen Sleep-Over.
With approximately 98 participants registered for the annual fundraising event, the James Street Mall area became a thriving community of make-shift box sleeping arrangements. While temperatures didn’t dip below freezing, it was certainly a damp and chilly night.
Alan and Joanne Waller were participating for the first time. Joanne is a regular volunteer at James Street Community Centre and Soup Kitchen, She told saultonline, “It is important that we do these things to raise awareness of homelessness in our community. I like that the monies raised stay right here, locally.”
Alan Waller’s telephone booth themed shelter was created with ‘Dr. Who’ in mind. He also wanted to pay tribute to the Canadian Armed Services and Remembrance Day, depicting a moving scene on one side of Joanne’s shelter.
Tarmo Veedler has been participating in the annual sleep-over since the beginning. He was busy with shelter construction when saultonline visited the event. “My church always makes the chili for the sleep-over.” he said. Veedler is a member of Seventh Day Adventist.
Inside the Community Centre, volunteers were preparing food, and hot beverages.
‘Band Camp Rejects’ was performing to an appreciative crowd when saultonline was there.
General Manager, Ron Sim stated, “Without community support, we would not be able to do offer the programmes and hot meals, and services we provide. The Sleep-over is one of our main fundraising events.”
Monies raised continued to come in, as participants arrived. saultonline will share an update, once the tally is in.