‘It was an eye-opener last year’

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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 https://www.face­book.com/ events/296799957768971/.

Ski Mar­tock also do­nates any items in their lost and found that have not 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.

“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)

RBC (Wind­sor)

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 Nov. 22 and 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.

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