Members of the Sudbury Wolves will hang up their skates and put on their aprons this Thursday to serve dinner to the needy and homeless at the Samaritan Centre.
It marks the kickoff to the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising event. The annual walk, a national event now in its fifth year, raises funds for the Samaritan Centre and awareness of homelessness in Greater Sudbury.
Four members of the Wolves will visit the Elgin Street Mission at the Samaritan Centre from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Coldest Night of the Year walk takes place simultaneously in 118 cities across Canada on Feb. 5. The event benefits agencies involved in serving the poor and the homeless.
Sudbury's walk begins at 5 p.m. at the Rainbow Centre.
The Samaritan Centre is a multi-agency facility in Sudbury made up of the Elgin Street Mission, Blue Door Soup Kitchen and Corner Clinic.
It serves up to 400 people daily with feeding programs, a clothing depot, shower facilities, housing referrals and medical appointments.
It also serves as a warming centre in the winter months when the temperature drops below -15 C.
According the the Samaritan Centre, there are currently more than 400 people deemed “homeless” and over 1,000 who are at risk of becoming homeless in Greater Sudbury.
To register or a team for the walk, go to coldestnightoftheyear.org.