Please note that due to the continuing needs of the community, the 2021 Out of the Cold season has been extended to the end of April.
The Out of the Cold (Centre 120) program was initiated by Knox Presbyterian Church in 1995. The purpose of the program is to welcome disadvantaged members of the community into our church and to serve them a hot meal each Saturday night during the cold months, beginning in November and continuing until the end of March. An average of 105 people are served each week.
The program involves about 200 volunteers who come from within the congregation, from other area churches, through the Centretown Community Association, and the wider Ottawa community. Our funds come from donations by Knox members and other churches, organizations and individuals, supplemented with fundraising events.
During the pandemic of 2020-21 the program was extended into the Spring and Summer months each year, and modified to a Take-Out meal, complying with all health and safety protocols. Doing so required extra expenses, while fundraising events could not be held and had to be cancelled. Happily, many of our usual donations continued and aignificant further support also came from new donors, from individuals, churches and local retailers. In December 2020 we were also very pleased to receive a grant from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund.
As OOTC enters its 26th year, with the continuing support of so many, we are able to continue with our objective of serving meals to disadvantaged people in Centretown.
To make a donation toward Out of the Cold at Knox, click the button below and select the Out of the Cold fund. A tax receipt will be issued for your donation.
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