Home Depot holds Orange Door Project fundrasier to end youth homlessness

By Adam Donnelly
October 11, 2016 - 12:24pm Updated: October 11, 2016 - 1:07pm

KAMLOOPS — This weekend, the Home Depot in Kamloops held their annual fundraiser for the Orange Door Project. The project is an effort to end youth homelessness in Canada. It's an issue which can affect more than 35,000 young people across the country over the course of the year.

The money raised supports programs that find housing and jobs for homeless youth, as well helps fund education, and offers support for health and well-being programs. Gina Dillon, front end supervisor at the local home depot says all money raised in Kamloops remains in the community.

“You are able to donate $2… towards Interior Community Services, which is our local partner. 100% of the [local] proceeds got to them,” Dillon explained. [We also] volunteer in the community, and help renovate drop-in shelters, apartment complexes, that help support youth, and getting them off the street, and into safe environments.”

Despite the rainy weather on Saturday, the local Home Depot held a barbeque, as well as a Kids Workshop to attract customers into the store for the fundraiser. Dillon says the company has pledged $10 million over three years to help combat the issue of young Canadians without a safe place to stay.

“Every night, about 6,000 youth across Canada are in unsafe environments or have no homes to sleep in. This is for us to help bring them into safe environments, and find them a place to live, so they can continue to grow.” Dillon told CFJC Today.

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