7 year old helping out

He's only seven, but Alex Mulder is a man on a mission.

The Vernon youth wants to help the less fortunate by raising money for the Coldest Night of the Year event.

The annual Coldest Night of the Year walk takes place on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 25 and will raise some cold, hard cash for the Upper Room Mission.

Mulder has a goal of raising $222 and he took to YouTube in an effort to create awareness of the cause.

In the video, Mulder said he was asked to join the JCI Walk-a-holics which are taking part in the annual event.

“I'm pleased to contribute to the team and raise much needed funds for the Upper Room Mission,” said Mulder. “Any donation will help.”

Donations can be made online to help Mulder reach his goal.

“By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter. Participants choose to walk either the five or 10 kilometre route, and raise funds to aid the work of the Upper Room Mission,” said Lisa Anderson, mission event director.

This is the Upper Room Mission's fifth year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and officials are hoping to raise $50,000 for their work with the less fortunate families and individuals in Vernon.

“Funds raised at this event will go towards the 2017 food budget,” said Anderson. “In 2016, the mission’s food security program served close to 90,000 hot meals to those in need. The mission’s healthy snack program also falls under food security, and feeds over 250 local school-aged children and youth in Vernon.”

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