Surrey charity raises $25,000 by New Year’s deadline to help the homeless
For more than a decade, NightShift Street Ministries has served hot food to the homeless community from their truck at Surrey Centre every evening.
Sales executive Maryanne Connor was so moved by the plight of the most needy she convinced a church to become a shelter for the homeless.
Her service has grown over the years to include clothing donations and counselling services. But this year, donations to the charity were down 20 per cent and the group needed to raise $20,000 by New Year’s Eve, just to break even.
After the story aired on Global BC and BC1, $25,000 was raised.
“So once we hit that $85,000, then our donors who’ve pooled their funds together, will write us a cheque for their commitment, individual commitment, so we’ll bring in 160 [thousand] and change, which is huge, seeing that our budget every month is 50,000 dollars,” says Connor.
“So that gets us three to four months, so yeah, we’re very excited.”
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