Coldest Night Of The Year Is Almost Here!


Have you heard the news?!? The Coldest Night of the Year is almost here!! Only 14 days until we WALK!


Team Orillia Lightfoots are walking again this year!

What is Coldest Night of the Year? CNOY is a fantastically family friendly walking fundraiser that raises awareness for the hungry, homeless and hurting. It is a national event, where thousands of people will be walking all across Canada, raising funds for charities in their own communities. In Orillia, all fund raised go towards the operating costs of The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter, as well as a portion going towards Building Hope initiative (our incredible plan to build a new shelter for men, women and families, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association). Every day, there are homeless in our own community, and we want to do something about it.

Last year in 2015, close to 300 people on 42 teams came together to raise close to $53,000. And this year, we want to crush those numbers!


Our goal for 2016 is $55,000! As of today (Saturday, February 6th) we have 43 teams, with 176 walkers registered and we have made 42% of our goal! We can’t wait to see what happens on February 20th.


So what can YOU do? Join us!! 

We’ve made it so easy for you. All you need to do, is go to Coldest Night of the Year website (click here) and do one of the following:

  1. Create a Team
  2. Join a Team
  3. Donate towards a Team
  4. Sign up to Volunteer
  5. Sponsor CNOY

So many members of our community have created teams! We have the City of Orillia, Orillia Fire, Orillia Opera House, Lakehead University, Georgian College and so many churches, community groups, organizations and businesses. Join us!


Linda Goodall and Mika Takamaki (one of the founders of CNOY)

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Timely Boost For Charities

To read full article, click here -> Packet & Times

Help from a familiar source came just in time to enable two Orillia charities to feed mouths and keep folks warm well into the new year.

Bob Hart, general manager of CCI Thermal Technologies in Orillia, presented Miranda McSorley, newly appointed development manager at The Sharing Place food bank, with a cheque worth $19,183.

“We’ve supported them since 2007,” said Hart. “We have a good relationship with them. They do a good job in the community and it seems to reach a lot of people.”

Linda Goodall, executive director of Lighthouse Christian Ministries, also accepted a cheque worth $5,000. All money was raised by the company’s employeScreen Shot 2015-12-26 at 1.57.34 PMes as part of its “charity challenge.”

“It goes toward our shelter and soup kitchen, where we serve 30 to 50 meals every day,” Goodall explained. “So, this helps with the operational day-to-day cost in buying food for meals such as fresh produce.”

The company has donated more than $200,000 to the food bank in the past eight years and more than $13,000 to the Lighthouse in the past three, in the form of money, clothing and food.

“It’s company mandate to give back to the communities that support us, so we support them,” said Hart.

He noted employees at the Orillia plant volunteer to organize events such as a silent auction, bake sales, pizza lunches, pancake breakfasts and more, and owner Harold Roozen and his wife, Cathy, match their efforts by donating $2 for every dollar raised by the employees.

The company also collaborates with The Sharing Place on a lunch-bag campaign and a backpack campaign, which were initiated last year and provide school kids with healthier snacking options and school supplies.

“We plan on running (the lunch-bag campaign) through the year, even when kids are off from school,” said Shawna Ballik, operations manager at the food bank. “I’ve upped the fruit and dairy intake and cut down on the sugar. It gives them a healthier choice.”

She noted the food bank’s average monthly budget is close to $8,000, and there is always more needed.

“Always, people need food and always, people need shelter,” Goodall said, agreeing with Ballik about the ongoing need for donations, adding this is why the shelter will be in business on New Year’s Day. “We’re doing a roast-beef dinner on New Year’s Day. It’s never been done before at the Lighthouse. Our soup kitchen will be closed on Christmas, but there will be meals for men at the shelter.”




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Building Hope Project in Orillia Gets $1,100

To read article, click here -> Orillia Today

Tiffin’s Creative Centre recently donated more than $1,100 to Lighthouse Christian Ministries toward the ‘Building Hope’ project, a proposed shelter that will serve men, women, families, and individuals with mental health issues. The donation represents the proceeds from a summer art tour rally and a draw for three die-cast models.


‘Building Hope’ project in Orillia gets $1,100 donation Frank Matys Pictured with Linda Tiffin (right) is Linda Goodall, executive director of The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter.


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