Walkers headed out for the Langley Coldest Night of the Year event. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)

Big crowds for Langley’s Coldest Night walk

About 170 people braved snowy streets for the campaign for the homeless.

The Coldest Night of the Year walk in Langley attracted a sizable crowd despite the snowfall that had left much of the route coated in slush Saturday evening.

The annual event aims to raise funds and awareness for the plight of homeless residents of Langley.

A walk through the community’s streets is aimed and reminding people that some have to endure cold, wet weather like this throughout the colder half of the year.

Coordinator Shirley Stewart said that about 170 people signed up and came to take part in the walk, an increase over the 120 who signed up last year.

The walk hit its target of at least $20,000 raised, although full numbers won’t be available until the end of March, said Stewart. The donations represent an increase over last year.

The walkers gathered just before 5 p.m. at the Salvation of Army Gateway of Hope and heard from Stewart and local dignitaries about the importance of their cause.

Mayor Jack Froese also mentioned that the Township has again committed funding this year to the Gateway of Hope, the primary shelter for the homeless in the Langleys.

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