More than 1,000 people registered to walk in the third annual Winter Walk, according to organizers. The crowd gathered in Copley Plaza early Sunday morning in an effort to raise money and awareness for people experiencing homelessness.
Ari Barbanell, the event’s executive director, said the walk takes place in February to demonstrate the hardships that homeless individuals face during the winter.
“We wanted to raise awareness around the issues of homelessness, and we thought that in the coldest month of the year, walking outside would be a way to spend just a few moments in the shoes of people experiencing homelessness,” said Barbanell.
All of the event’s proceeds will go to the Winter Walk’s community partners: Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Brookview House, Pine Street Inn, Y2Y Harvard Square, and Boston Medical Center.