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Halton Police launch third annual Kozy Kids initiative

November 14, 2023  By Muhammad Aamir, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Nov. 14, 2023, Milton, Ont. – For the third consecutive year, the Halton Regional Police Service has commenced its annual Kozy Kids initiative, a program aimed at ensuring that underserved youth across the Halton Region are well-equipped for the upcoming winter season.

Initiated in 2021, the Kozy Kids program was inspired by the awareness that many children, particularly newcomers to Canada, were consistently absent from school during the winter months due to their families’ inability to afford winter clothing. Over one hundred students were identified as needing assistance in the Town of Milton alone. Through the generous contributions of Halton residents and local business owners, gently used clothing and financial donations were collected, ensuring that all identified children received a snowsuit or winter jacket.

Building on the success of the inaugural year, and with the support of financial donations, the Halton Police expanded the initiative in the following year by ordering new snowsuits tailored to size, benefiting 475 youth.

Recognizing the ongoing challenges posed by the rising cost of living in the region, the Halton Police are collaborating with local community partners to identify more families needing support.


Starting today and running until Nov. 21, Halton Police has invited the community to participate by purchasing new snowsuits and dropping them off at collection boxes located at the Halton Police Headquarters and each of the District buildings.

Chief of Police Stephen J. Tanner expressed gratitude on behalf of the entire Service, stating, “When you donate, you’re not just helping to keep kids warm as they travel to and from school, you’re giving them the opportunity to explore and learn in the great outdoors for what can otherwise be isolating months. We’ve seen firsthand the joy and excitement that your donations bring to children in our community, and on behalf of myself and the entire Service, we thank you for warming both the bodies and hearts of those who need us the most.”

– Milton Reporter

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