Help for Homeless this weekend


SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Two organizations are getting together to make life a little easier for our homeless this weekend.

Saving Our Young Adults is partnering with Helping Hands Sault Ste. Marie to provide packages of winter gear for the city’s most at risk this Saturday.

Connie Raynor-Elliott is the founder of SOYA. She says there are over 75 registered homeless in the city and any little bit helps.

“The event for our homeless and most vulnerable to give out winter items and bags of food, personal hygiene items,” said Raynor-Elliott.

It also has another purpose.

“To wake up this city to see how many homeless we have.”

Wendy Gutcher is the founder of Helping Hands Sault Ste. Marie. It was their organizations idea to do this project and they invited SOYA to help out.

“Donations of new or used items can be dropped off to Helping Hands Mon thru Thurs from 10:00 – 1:30,” said Gutcher. “or message me to arrange for alternative drop off locations/time or pick up.”

Organizers would like to thank YesYouCan Employment, Tim Hortons, Food Basics and Kia for already donating to the event. They are looking for many items and encourage anyone to reach out to SOYA on Facebook at

Raynor-Elliott said she has a team of people all over the city getting donations. You can also take your donations to Helping Hands Sault Ste. Marie between 10 and 1:30 p.m.

Items requested are:

  • Socks
  • Boots/shoes
  • Hats – ear muffs – headbands
  • Adult coats/sweaters
  • Sleeping bags
  • Hot chocolate packets (can just add hot water from restrooms)
  • Mr. Noodles in the Cup
  • Granola and fruit bars
  • Instant oatmeal packages
  • Toothbrush – Tooth Paste
  • Candies
  • Tim Hortons gift cards
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Pocket hand/foot warmers
  • Crosswords or Find a Word
  • Gloves
  • Body and Hair Wash – 2 in 1
  • Hair Brush
  • Personal hygiene – tampons – pads
  • Deodorant
  • First Aid kit from Dollar store
  • Pudding cups/fruit cups

The event will be held at 146 Gore Ave. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. October 24, 2020.

If you are interested in donating to the cause you can reach out to Helping Hands Sault Ste. Marie.