‘Being on the street is not easy’: 3,000 survival kits distributed to city’s homeless to provide winter relief

Four years ago, Maria was panhandling downtown Toronto on Yonge Street when she was approached by someone carrying a “survival kit.”

What she didn’t know at the time was that the kit — packed with a sleeping bag, hat and other winter essentials — would be the catalyst that would ultimately turn her life around.

“This kit, it actually provided me with the motivation to remind me of where I aspired to be and what I wanted to become,” Maria said.

Since then, Maria has landed a job and a house, but said she doesn’t want to give her last name because of the stigma surrounding homelessness.

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