Donations, volunteers being sought to help those in need
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
With the early advent of winter, donations of warm winter wear are being sought to help people in the community stay warm.
The Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre is running a winter clothing drive and is seeking donations of good condition jackets, mitts, hats, boots, and socks.
“Whoever is in need of those clothing items, we can give those to them,” said NGFC healing and wellness coordinator Avery Fiddler.
With winter’s early arrival, she said more people need these items earlier this year.
People can drop off donations, or pick up something warm to wear, at the Friendship Centre at 52 King Street.
Fiddler can be reached at 807-737-1903 extension 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org, regarding donations people may wish to make.
The winter clothing drive will run throughout the winter.
Out of the Cold Shelter executive director Susan Barclay said the shelter also has some coats and boots available for people who may need them.
The shelter has many hats and scarves that were donated to them by the London Police Service.
Barclay said donations of gloves and mitts are always welcome, as they are lost easily.
“People in the community are really wonderful about dropping things off here for the folks,” she said.
“If we don’t have something here… The Salvation Army (Thrift Store) gives us coupons, so someone can go over to the Salvation Army with one of the coupons if they need a coat or some warmer clothing that we don’t have… they’re very good with helping out our clients,” Barclay added.
“Year ‘round, the food bank doesn’t slow down at all. We’re always busy there,” she commented.
Barclay said 20 to 30 families a month access the food bank.
Volunteers are being sought to help sort donations.
“We certainly have a good supply of food in the food bank right now,” Barclay said, explaining that Fresh Market Foods, Red Apple, and Giant Tiger have been very generous with ongoing food donations.
Barclay said the shelter program has been housing an average of 15 people a night over the past few weeks.
Capacity at the shelter is 19 persons.
Volunteers to help out over the lunch and supper hours are needed.
Barclay said the shelter has benefited greatly from many people in the community preparing and donating soups to the shelter.
The shelter operates 24 hours a day.
Food bank services are available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
The Out of the Cold Shelter is located at 25 Fair Street.
Anyone wishing to volunteer there should contact Barclay at 807-737-7499.