The cold snap didn't stop organizers and volunteers from warming the hearts and backs of Montreal's less fortunate Saturday.

Face à Face, an intervention centre for those in need, held a Valentine's Day lunch for over 500 Montrealers at Maison du Père.

The organization's director says the Friendship Party helps build a sense of community for those who are struggling or homeless.

"We tend to forget the winter is long, and cold and dark," Grace Fontes said. "And people tend to be very much alone."

'It's like a celebration'

The event featured a DJ, a hot meal and a chance to pick out some warm clothing as temperatures dip below -20 C over the weekend.

Michelle Partridge made flyers and went to a Metro station to tell as many people as she could upon hearing about the lunch. 

Patridge said events like this add positivity to her life after facing homelessness for three years.

"They have a DJ and wonderful peppy happy music so it's like a celebration," Partridge said.