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Welcome to the Blankets for T.O blog, where we post updates on our recent and upcoming events as well as original articles educating the public about homelessness.

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Promotional social media post about the Blankets for T.O. 2023 Tote Bag Competition

Tote Bag Competition recap

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March 28th, 2023: Update by Blankets for T.O.

We concluded the 2023 Tote Bag Competition with our biggest event of the year, including a guest speaker and announcements of winners!

Boxes of care packages assembled by Blankets for T.O. using money raised by the Winter Dares fundraiser, containing items such as hygiene products and clothing.

Donating the Winter Dares care packages

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March 5th, 2023: Update by William Huang

Using the funds from our Winter Dares fundraiser, we assembled and donated care packages to local shelters!

Image of person making donation to individual, in spirit of BTO's January Blanket Drive.

The Tote Bag Competition is back this year!

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January 18th, 2023: Update by Blankets for T.O.

The Tote Bag Competition is back in 2023! Learn about what this event is and how to participate as an individual, group or organization.

A poster for Winter Dares 2022, encouraging viewers to donate to the initiative.

December "Winter Dares" Fundraiser

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December 7th, 2022: Update by Blankets for T.O.

This December, Blankets for T.O. is organizing another fundraiser for the donation of items to homeless shelters, but with a fun twist!

Three pumpkins carved during the 2022 BTO Pumpkin Carving Night

Carving pumpkins for a Halloween fundraiser

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November 12th, 2022: Update by Blankets for T.O.

As a Halloween-themed fundraiser, Blankets for T.O. hosted a pumpkin carving event for students at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Attendees of Blanket for T.O.'s 2022 general meeting give a round of applause for the meeting presentation.

We hosted our first general meeting of the year

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September 8th, 2022: Update by Blankets for T.O.

Blankets for T.O. hosted our first general meeting at UTSC this academic year on September 14th, 2022.

A pencil, letter envelope, and card are placed next to each other on a blank table.

A letter to an individual experiencing homelessness

July 23rd, 2022: Post by Su

Read a heartfelt letter written by Su, a Blankets for T.O. member, addressed to an individual experiencing homelessness.

A homeless individual and their dog are seen at a street corner in front of Toronto Union Station. A member of Blankets for T.O. is seen kneeling next to him.

We donated care packages on the streets of downtown Toronto

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July 23rd, 2022: Article by Blankets for T.O.

Blankets for T.O. went around downtown Toronto to distribute food packages to the homeless and talk face-to-face with those on the streets.

A subway train pulls into Spadina Station in Toronto. Photo by Jed Dala Cruz on Unsplash.

Public transit and homelessness

Anti-Homelessness Architecture

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June 17th, 2022: Article by Blankets for T.O.

Transit agencies across North America have various approaches to helping the homeless and addressing homelessness on transit vehicles.

An individual sits on a bench under a bridge

The role of supportive housing in breaking mental health barriers

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June 3rd, 2022: Article by Blankets for T.O.

We dive into how Houselink tackles homelessness by addressing mental illness and enabling tenants to unlock their true potential.

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