150 Survival Kits to be Distributed to those most in need

Ottawa – The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is pleased to once again be assisting those most in need in our community with the second annual Project Stay Warm. Because of the success of last year’s initiative, we have increased the number of packs to be distributed from 100 to 150, have included more items in the packs, and have involved more outreach groups in the distribution.

Again this year, the partner for Project Stay Warm is local discount retailer Giant Tiger Stores Limited, who is providing 150 Survival Kits for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa to distribute to nine area homeless shelters and drop-in centres: St. Lukes, Regional Site Van, Youth Services Bureau, Centre 507, Centre 454, The Lodge Native Men’s Outreach, Joe Godda Native Outreach, Shepherds of Good Hope and the Aboriginal Women Support Centre.

The first to receive the packs will be those persons who choose not to remain overnight in shelters during sub-zero degree temperatures. Each Survival Kit contains a thermal blanket, insulated gloves, thermal socks, a winter hat and scarf, lip balm, gum, soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste.

“I am extremely proud of Project Stay Warm and our partnership with Giant Tiger. This is a perfect example of the community coming together to assist our less fortunate residents.” declared John Callan, President of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. “Building stronger communities together is what Kiwanis is all about.”

According to Art McGaughey, the operator of the Walkley Road and Blossom Park Giant Tiger locations, the company has a long-standing tradition of being actively involved in each of the many communities they serve. “As a local businessman, I feel it is important to help those less fortunate, especially during the cold winter weather. During the busy holiday season, it is sometimes easy to forget that some people don’t even have the basic necessities to stay warm.” said McGaughey. “We are happy to have been asked by the Kiwanis Club to participate in this very worthwhile project, and look forward to making a difference in the comfort of others in the community.”

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is celebrating 82 years of active fundraising and community involvement as a non-profit organization. The largest Kiwanis Club in Canada, and with over $600,000 returned to the local community each year, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the most active and dynamic service clubs in the world. One of the 8 000 Clubs in Kiwanis International, the Club has met every Friday since 1917 at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa.

- 30 - For information call Kevin McGrath (Kiwanis Club of Ottawa) at 241.8422 or David Thorpe (Giant Tiger Stores Limited) at 521.8222, ext. 355. Please join us at our launch on December 8th (10:00 a.m. at the Giant Tiger on 2480 Walkley Road) to hear more about Project Stay Warm and meet the partners and community outreach representatives.