When Jennifer Evans read a tweet from the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society saying there were no beds left for the homeless at the shelter on one of the coldest nights of the year, she wanted to help those with nowhere to go in her city. So she replied offering to pay for a hotel room and asked others to do the same.
That’s when Mohamad Fakih got involved. He immigrated to Canada from Lebanon and says lots of people helped him get on his feet then, so he wants to return the favor. Fakih and Evans didn’t know each other before this, but together they paid for almost 20 people to stay in hotel rooms to get out of the bitter cold.
"What a great way to start the year, helping someone out," Fakih says. “Whatever is needed, we have to do and that’s it.”