Surrey’s Toque Tuesday charity event won’t feature ball-hockey games this year, but donations are still encouraged at city hall on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Donations of cash and clothing for the homeless will be collected in the parkade there, including coats, boots, sweaters, new socks, underwear and hygiene items, in a “drive-thru” off University Boulevard at 104th Avenue.
“Clean out your closets and stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” urged Tim Baillie, a retired fire captain known as “Supreme Commander” of Toque Tuesday events in Surrey.
Held annually on the first Tuesday in February, a ball hockey tournament at Surrey Civic Plaza has drawn attention to the problem of homelessness in the city over the past decade, as part of a national campaign initiated by the charity organization Raising The Roof.
The friendly games of ball hockey have involved close to two dozen teams in previous years.
It’s Toque Tuesday at Surrey Civic Plaza. The event is meant to raise awareness about homelessness while also collecting donations. #SurreyBC
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The goal is to have fun around a very serious subject, Baillie said last year.
“This time of the year, potentially, the coldest and wettest and a tough time of the year, (it’s about) what those people are going through on the streets right now,” Baillie said in 2020. “If one day a year, we can make homelessness at the front of our thoughts, that’s what this is all about.”