‘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.