By Mo Cranker on February 27, 2017.
Though the weather was fairly mild this weekend, Medicine Hat, and hundreds of other communities around Canada celebrated Saturday evening as the Coldest Night of the Year.
The night ran for the third consecutive year in the Hat, this year having a goal of $25,000 — all which would be used by Hope Street Compassionate Ministry Centre, a local organization which holds a Sunday afternoon meal for those in need.
“I’m just so excited for this year’s walk,” said Hope Street’s executive director Murray Kumm. “This is our biggest year by far and we have well over 100 walkers and 17 teams — it’s been really awesome for us.”
Kumm says if raised, the $25,000 goal would equal approximately half of their annual budget.
“We operate on about $50,000 every year,” he said. “This is by far our biggest event of the year and what we do in the community would be near-impossible if we didn’t get so much support for the event.”
Hope Street CMC’s Sunday lunch is a free meal that serves approximately 80 people every week, serving chili on the first Sunday of the month, then soup on the rest. During the summer the group serves hamburgers and hot-dogs for July and August, as well as holding an annual Christmas dinner. Kumm says while the money is great, he is happy to know people are starting to know who Hope Street is.
“More important than the money, is the awareness Medicine Hat has that we actually exist, people know who we are and what we do and that’s big for what we’re trying to do in this community,” he said. “The city has actually done a pretty good job with homelessness, but there are still people in need in the city. That’s why we’re here.”
Kumm says he is always amazed at the generosity in Medicine Hat.
“Medicine Hat is just a very generous and giving city,” he said. “Even with the economy where it is, Medicine Hatters are opening their wallets up to organizations like ours — it’s great here and I’m very happy to be part of this community.”
More information on the group can be found at, http://www.hopestreetcmc.ca
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