Amherst coun­cil do­nates 96 new jack­ets to an­nual event

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAR­RELL COLE dar­rell.cole@amher­st­news.ca

Amherst’s Knights of Colum­bus have gone a long way to mak­ing sure chil­dren and adults across Cum­ber­land County will be warm this win­ter.

The Amherst coun­cil 2916 con­trib­uted 96 win­ter jack­ets of vary­ing sizes to mem­ber of Coats for Cum­ber­land on Oct. 25.

“Our or­ga­ni­za­tion has the man­date of sup­port­ing our parish, sup­port­ing our com­mu­nity and sup­port­ing our broth­ers when they or their fam­i­lies need help,” Grand Knight Rick d’En­tremont said.

This is the sec­ond time the Knights of Colum­bus have sup­ported Coats for Cum­ber­land. Two years ago, they sup­plied 46 jack­ets. Those jack­ets were Amer­i­can made, while the lat­est jack­ets are Cana­dian made and should be much bet­ter for win­ter.

“They’re Cana­dian made for Cana­dian win­ters and there are sizes from small, medium, large and ex­tra large,” d’En­tremont said. “The jack­ets are gor­geous and the kids are go­ing to love them. We know that not all stu­dents go to school equally when it comes to break­fast and cloth­ing. This is one way in which we can help.”

d’En­tremont said the Knights of Colum­bus have an ex­cel­lent tra­di­tion of sup­port­ing the church and com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing re-in­stalling the for­mer bell from the old St. Charles at Holy Fam­ily Parish and help­ing with the in­stal­la­tion ear­lier this year of an elec­tronic sign in front of the church.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion is also a sup­porter of the Amherst Mi­nor Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

Pro­ceeds come from its fundrais­ing en­deav­ours, such as its weekly bingo at its Ro­bie Street cen­tre.

Colleen Dowe of Coats for Cum­ber­land said the jack­ets have come at a per­fect time.

“We have just set our store dates and will soon be work­ing on dis­tribut­ing the coats we col­lect,” Dowe said. “Do­na­tions have been down a lit­tle over the last cou­ple of years, but the need is as great as al­ways. These jack­ets are per­fect for most el­e­men­tary school chil­dren.”

Dowe said ev­ery­one from Em­pow­er­ing Be­yond Bar­ri­ers and the Coats for Cum­ber­land com­mit­tee are thrilled with the do­na­tion.

“These coats from the Knights of Colum­bus are go­ing to help us reach out goal of keep­ing ev­ery­one warm this win­ter,” she said.

More than 1,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to use Coats for Cum­ber­land this win­ter and Dowe said there’s a tre­men­dous need for gen­tly used win­ter cloth­ing items. Some­thing that’s re­ally needed is snow pants for kids as well as youth sizes eight to 16 and plus sizes for adults.

“Many par­ents will go above and be­yond to make sure their chil­dren have win­ter cloth­ing, but un­for­tu­nately many will go with­out for them­selves,” Dowe said. “It’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to re­al­ize this pro­gram is for ev­ery­one and there’s usu­ally lots of cloth­ing. The com­mu­nity is so gen­er­ous.”

Gen­tly used jack­ets and win­ter wear, es­pe­cially snow­pants, can be dropped off at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across Cum­ber­land County in­clud­ing Sobeys in the Amherst Cen­tre Mall, the Amherst Sta­dium and Holy Fam­ily Parish un­til Nov. 15; at the Pugwash Co-op un­til Nov. 7; at the Went­worth Learn­ing Cen­tre un­til Nov. 13; at the NSCC in Springhill un­til Nov. 20 and Ox­ford town hall un­til Nov. 20. There is also a drop-off bin at the Rite Stop in Wal­lace.

Peo­ple can pick up cloth­ing on Nov. 14 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the North Cum­ber­land Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal, on Nov. 15 at the Port Gre­ville Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Nov. 16 at the Amherst Cen­tre Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Ge­orge’s Angli­can Church in Parrsboro, Nov. 20 from the Chignecto Manor in Ad­vo­cate, on Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NSCC in Springhill and Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Went­worth Learn­ing Cen­tre.

Last year, there were 422 jack­ets picked up, 64 snow­pants, 58 pairs of boots, 211 hats, 208 pairs of mit­tens and 99 scarves.


Mem­bers of the Amherst Knights of Colum­bus Coun­cil 2916 pre­sented 96 jack­ets to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Em­pow­er­ing Be­yond Bar­ri­ers and Coats for Cum­ber­land dur­ing a re­cent meet­ing. This is the sec­ond time in three years the or­ga­ni­za­tion has sup­ported the an­nual cam­paign.

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