Op­er­a­tion Snow­suit com­mences

CPAN en­cour­ages do­na­tions of win­ter cloth­ing or cash to help keep kids warm

The Daily Observer - - NEWS - CÉLINA IP

REN­FREW COUNTY – With the weather turn­ing colder, the Child Poverty Ac­tion Net­work of Ren­frew County is once again run­ning its Op­er­a­tion Snow­suit pro­gram.

Op­er­a­tion Snow­suit’s mis­sion is to pro­vide good and de­cent out­door win­ter wear that will en­able all chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate in out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and to com­fort­ably and safely be out­side in our win­ter weather, re­gard­less of their fam­ily’s fi­nan­cial sta­tus. If chil­dren do not wear ap­pro­pri­ate win­ter cloth­ing to school this of­ten re­sults in them be­ing kept in dur­ing re­cess (for their health and safety), es­pe­cially dur­ing our se­vere win­ter pe­riod. The pro­gram aims to en­sure that all chil­dren are pro­vided with ap­pro­pri­ate win­ter wear that will pro­tect them dur­ing the harsh Cana­dian win­ters and al­low them to par­tic­i­pate in all out­door win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties.

Around Novem­ber of each year, CPAN in­vites lo­cal schools, busi­nesses and fam­i­lies to en­gage in Op­er­a­tion Snow­suit by do­nat­ing win­ter cloth­ing and mak­ing mon­e­tary do­na­tions. The cloth­ing and funds help to ful­fil hun­dreds of re­quests form across the county.

“Cur­rently we have had ap­pli­ca­tions from 132 fam­i­lies – some have one child oth­ers sev­eral. The amount of chil­dren on the list cur­rently is 297. Our vol­un­teers are hard at work sort­ing do­na­tions and pack­ing what they can,” said CPAN ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lyn Smith.

Among those par­tic­i­pat­ing groups who’ve made do­na­tions, Re­max Pem­broke Realty has been sup­port­ing Op­er­a­tion Snow­suit for more than 10 years and do­nated $1,105 and sev­eral bags of win­ter gear this month.

“More of our agents and sup­port staff were in­volved, with some bring­ing in snow­suits and oth­ers mak­ing cash do­na­tions,” said Judy DeGeer, bro­ker of record with Pem­broke Realty. “It’s a great cause be­cause 100 per cent of all the pro­ceeds go straight to the kids and that’s what we love about the cause. There are a lot of un­for­tu­nate chil­dren who don’t have warm cloth­ing for the win­ter and it’s not fair for them to be cold.”

Smith en­cour­ages Ren­frew County res­i­dents to par­take in Op­er­a­tion Snow­suit, by do­nat­ing win­ter cloth­ing or mak­ing cash do­na­tions, in or­der to sup­port lo­cal chil­dren in need and help keep them warm through­out the win­ter. Of­fices, schools and work­places can pitch in by set­ting up cloth­ing col­lec­tions of their own, then no­ti­fy­ing CPAN who will ar­range for pick­ups.

Smith ex­pressed that Op­er­a­tion Snow­suit is a true labour of love that is to­tally com­mu­nity driven.

“We al­ways fill all or­ders – so we are hop­ing this year we will con­tinue to be suc­cess­ful. This is not pos­si­ble with­out the help of our kind and gen­er­ous com­mu­nity mem­bers like our friends at Re­max Pem­broke,” said Smith. “Op­er­a­tion Snow­suit is run for the com­mu­nity, in the com­mu­nity, and by the com­mu­nity.”

Op­er­a­tion Snow­suit is cur­rently in need of the fol­low­ing items:

Snow­suits (and/or win­ter jack­ets/ snow pants): Sizes 6X to 14 and adult sizes Boots: Boys sized 1 and 4 and all men’s sizes 7-13 Ladies sizes from 5-11 Other Items: Water­proof mit­tens and warm win­ter hats.

For in­for­ma­tion on how to help or to ap­ply for as­sis­tance please visit http://r en frew­coun­tycp an. ca/op­er­a­tion-snow­suit/ CIp@post­media.com

CÉLINA IP / DAILY OB­SERVER

Re­max Pem­broke Realty do­nated $1,105 and sev­eral bags of win­ter gear to CPAN's Op­er­a­tion Snow­suit on Nov. 8. Pic­tured here, sev­eral Pem­broke Realty agents pose on their agency's front steps with CPAN ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lyn Smith.

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