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Canada’s Home Depot helping end youth homelessness

Buy a $2 paper orange door on your next Home Depot visit to help give hope to homeless youth.

Home Depot stores across Canada have just kicked off the annual Orange Door Project in-store fundraising campaign to help end youth homelessness.

Until July 2, customers shopping at Home Depot Canada stores or garden centres can support the campaign by donating $2 at the checkout in exchange for a paper orange door.

“In Canadian neighbourhoods kids as young as 13 are experiencing homelessness. Together, we can shine a light on this serious social issue and inspire our friends, family members and neighbours to take action to help,” says Jeff Kinnaird, chair, board of directors, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and president, The Home Depot Canada.

Donations to The Orange Door Project campaign support organizations that provide safe, stable housing and the life skills development programs that lead to brighter futures for homeless and at-risk youth. The Home Depot Canada covers all administrative costs of the campaign, ensuring that 100 per cent of customer donations benefit local youth shelters, drop-in centres or aid organizations.

The Reality: What You Need to Know

-According to Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey, homelessness can begin as young as age 13 – and if not addressed, can lead to years on the streets

-Since 2007, the Orange Door Project campaign has raised $6.6 million and helped more than 300 Canadian non-profit organizations.

-In November 2016, The Home Depot Canada Foundation reached its $10 million goal to help prevent and end youth homelessness and doubled its commitment to $20 million by 2018.

-The 10 stores that raise the most funds during the campaign will have their donations matched by The Home Depot Canada Foundation.

For more information, visit the Orange Door Project.