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Volunteer program helps homeless shelters stock up for Christmas

On Tuesday night, hundreds of volunteers across Canada will be headed to homeless shelters, donating over 10,000 winter clothing items to those in need.

Mortgage broker with Invis Mortgage in Toronto, John Filice, said this the company’s program, Angels in the Night, has been helping communities across the country at Christmas-time since 2002.

“What we do is raise funds throughout the year through golf tournaments, bake sales, silent auctions and pub nights. Proceeds from the event that are raised … we work in conjunction with homeless shelters to buy them the items they need at this time of year.”

And he said since the program began, they’ve raised a total of more than $2-million.

“One-hundred per cent of what is raised goes directly to the shelters,” he added.

Volunteers will distribute thousands of bars of soap, toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste, hundreds of pairs of socks, gloves, underwear, blankets and towels.