While walking down a street on a chilly winter night two Ryerson University students, Jane Mathias and Katharine Heng, noticed a homeless man on the floor with just a jacket over him to combat the cold.
“We thought we should do something to help him, but we didn’t have the money to do anything,” Jane told the Toronto Star.
And so they decided to go the crowdfunding route. Calling their project City of Sleeping Bags (CoSB) they took to Indiegogo, hoping that people would pitch in some cash — $5,000 to be exact. Their mission? To donate 100 sleeping bags to Toronto’s homeless.
“There are a few homeless people who have died freezing to death this year. We can’t just leave them alone and say, ‘whatever, they are ill,'” Jane said, speaking to the Star. “We have to at least try to do our part and raise awareness.”
Well, it looks like many others agreed with that sentiment. So far the campaign has raised $4,000 and they seem pretty ecstatic about it.
But don’t think the girls are done once they finally reach their goal. According to the Star, Jane and Katharine plan on also stuffing backpacks with hand warmers, gloves, blankets and Tim Hortons giftcards for the homeless.
We need more students like these in our country, don’t you agree?
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