On February 20th (and throughout the month), more than 24,000 Canadians walked in the Coldest Night of the Year – a nationwide event that raises money for charities serving people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger.

This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic CNOY went virtual, but that didn’t stop you! The Mustard Seed had 183 teams comprising of almost 1000 people #WalkForTheSeed across all five of our cities. Though we walked apart, our community still came together in a BIG way. Because of your amazing support, we were able to SURPASS our fundraising goal!

Thanks to your generosity we will be able to continue to provide vital services and programs that help make lasting change possible. Find out how your CNOY donations are helping your local community below!

CNOY in Calgary

Photo Caption: CNOY team Rockpointe Church Youth Group picking up their CNOY toques

Funds raised from CNOY are going towards bolstering our programs and supports at our downtown and community hubs! Our Calgary hubs facilitate a greater sense of community and well-being and are open to everyone. They offer a range of supports such as advocacy, employment coaching, and free counselling services.

CNOY in Edmonton

Photo Caption: CNOY walker Donna Fong (@fongpagenews) with her ‘Why I Walk’ sign which reads: “Everyone deserves to be cared for and supported”

Your CNOY donations will be supporting our pandemic relief efforts in Edmonton, including our shelter and Dinner2Door programs. These programs offer not only a warm meal and roof over someone’s head, but also connect those experiencing homelessness or poverty with holistic support services to walk them through this unprecedented time.

CNOY in Kamloops

Photo Caption: CNOY appreciation drive-thru hosted on February 20th – TMS staff and sponsors handed out thank you gifts to 44 cars

Thanks to your CNOY donations we will be able to purchase much needed, new mattresses for the men in our Supportive Living Program. The program offers housing, meals, and supports in a sober environment for men working to rebuild their lives after addiction and/or homelessness.

Any remaining funds will go towards other Mustard Seed programs and initiatives in Kamloops!

CNOY in Medicine Hat

Photo Caption: Medicine Hat Managing Director Colette and her husband Curtis enjoying the sunshine on their CNOY walk!

The funds raised from CNOY are going towards our daily feeding program in Medicine Hat, which supports our neighbours experiencing homelessness and/or poverty by providing access to necessities, including warm, nutritious meals, and emergency clothing.

CNOY in Red Deer

Photo Caption: Staff set up times where participants could come pick up their awesome walk kits and CNOY toques

Your CNOY donations in Red Deer will go towards providing meals to those who are vulnerable, homeless, and struggling to meet their needs. This includes our School Lunch Program, which ensures youth in Red Deer and surrounding areas who are experiencing poverty receive healthy, nutritious lunches during the school year.

None of this would be possible without the support of compassionate people like YOU! We are overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. From all of us at The Mustard Seed – Thank You!

Want to see more pictures from #CNOY21? Search #WalkForTheSeed on social media!