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Spotlight on: City of Sleeping Bags

City of Sleeping Bags is a project dedicated to distributing sleeping bags to members of the homeless community who are forced to spend their nights on the street.
Founded by Josephine and Jane Mathias and Katherine Heng, all currently university students, the organization has set a fundraising goal of $5,000 to purchase 100 portable all-season sleeping bags and other cold weather necessities for Toronto’s homeless.

I recently spoke with Josephine to learn more about this incredible initiative.

What motivated you to start City of Sleeping Bags?
What really motivated us to start City Of Sleeping bags is the lack of action we're seeing day to day to help the homeless. What felt different was always sleeping on a warm bed every night knowing that some have a chance of freezing to death. Walking around downtown and seeing people lying on the ground really hit us. It doesn't feel right and we needed to do what we could.

Of what achievements are you most proud City of Sleeping Bags has been able to accomplish?
I am very proud of how quickly we’ve made progress. In just two weeks we’ve received $4,000 in donations, which is absolutely amazing. I’m grateful to the people who donated and I’m excited for what the future holds for this campaign.
What do you see as the future of City of Sleeping Bags?
The future for City of Sleeping Bags looks bright. We're excited to continue this journey even after the sleeping bags project has finished.

How do you hope to make a mark in life?

I hope to make a difference by being a role model to other youth who want to start a campaign like ours. I want to encourage them to take charge and make a difference.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to make a difference but doesn’t know where to start?

My advice is to think about the people they would like to help. Start by figuring out what you want to do, contact different organizations that are professionals in that field, accept all feedback, and work your way from there. 


The campaign is just $500 away from their goal. To donate and help them exceed this goal, visit their fundraising page. If you live in the greater Toronto area and would like to help hand out sleeping bags once the fundraising campaign is over, email

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