See what it means to spend a sleepless night on Langley streets

The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope is inviting Langley and Aldergrove residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for The Coldest Night of the Year Winter Walk.

A family-friendly winter fundraising event for Langley’s homeless, hungry and hurting, the WALK takes place on the evening of Feb. 21.

Taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year will help participants understand the experience of surviving on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope in providing much-needed support to members of our community.

Coldest Night walks will be taking place on the same night in an anticipated 80 cities from coast to coast.

The Langley Walk begins and ends at Gateway of Hope, located at 5787 Langley Bypass, where walkers will register, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm celebration meal. Donning iconic blue-and-white toques, participants will walk a 2km, 5km or 10km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way. Walkers can sign up at www.coldestnightoftheyear.org/langley.

This is Gateway’s 2nd year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and they’re aiming to raise $30,000 for their work with the homeless in Langley. An expected 200 walkers and 25 teams, including Gateway staff and friends are expected to brave the cold winter’s night. Gateway is also seeking community sponsors for this event, please contact Brenda at events@gatewayofhope.ca for more information on sponsorship.

Gateway has been serving Langley for just over 5 years, and the boost in funds resulting from the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their clients in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.

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