WINDSOR, N.S. – As temperatures continue to plummet, those without sufficient winter wear may be scrambling to stay warm.
Angela Ross is the creator of the Avon Valley Share The Warmth Drive. She’s hoping the event, now in its second year, will help keep people warm this winter season.
She started it last year as a way to help out those in need.
“It was an eye-opener last year, to see how many people are in need, and seeing how many kind people are out there who want to donate,” Ross said. “As fast I put things together last year, we had quite a few donations come in.”
Without much of an idea what to expect, Ross was surprised, both by the need that existed for something like this, and also the amount of donations that came in.
“The first year was very heartwarming, I really enjoyed it,” she said.
Ross said she got the idea from a friend of hers, who started a similar clothing drive on the Western Shore of the province, called Project Amanda.
She was inspired by the number of items they were able to collect and give away, and wanted to bring something like that to the Windsor area.
“It’s something you could pull together, give back to your community, and not take a whole bunch of time all year long,” she said.
In 2017, Ross said she gathered approximately 56 garbage bags full of winter wear, including jackets, scarves, mittens, boots, blankets and more.
After the giveaway day, there were about 15 bags left, and all of those items were given to the Matthew 25 food bank, where they were distributed free of charge.
If there are any items left this year, she plans to do the same thing.
Winter clothing can donated in a variety of areas across Windsor-West Hants or people can arrange to have their items picked up by reaching out via the Facebook page.
Ski Martock also donates any items in their lost and found that hasn’t been collected from the previous season.
Ross said people can take as many items as they need during giveaway day.
“One lady who came last year had five kids and her husband had just been laid off,” she said. “It’s so expensive to buy all of those items for families. It really adds up.”
She also said folks are welcomed from anywhere, they don’t have to be from the Windsor-West Hants area, noting that some people who travelled from the Kentville area were hesitant about taking part.
“It’s open for anybody.”
How it works:
Gently used warm winter wear items for any age/gender can be dropped off at the following locations –
Victory Credit Union (Wentworth Road Windsor and Brooklyn)
MLA Chuck Porter’s office
Windsor Elementary School
Falmouth District Elementary School
Windsor Forks District School
Three Mile Plains District School
Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary School
West Hants Middle School
Investor’s Group (New Minas)
Donations are accepted until November 22.
Donations will be given out for free on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre.