Help­ing oth­ers stay warm this win­ter

Win­ter cloth­ing drive on now

The Casket - - Wheels - RICHARD MACKENZIE richard­[email protected]­cas­ket.ca

Fam­ily Ser­vice of East­ern Nova Sco­tia is run­ning a win­ter cloth­ing drive un­til Dec. 22; to help com­mu­nity mem­bers stay warm this win­ter sea­son.

“As win­ter ap­proaches, we hope to pro­vide com­mu­nity mem­bers in need with some of the most ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties for the sea­son.” Avery Carter, sex­ual vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion and sup­ports pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor for Fam­ily Ser­vice of East­ern Nova Sco­tia, as well as pro­gram nav­i­ga­tor for the Men’s Health Cen­tre, wrote in an email re­sponse to the Cas­ket, about the drive.

“Once this is ac­com­plished, then this presents av­enues that were not a pos­si­bil­ity be­fore; whether that be a child who is now able to go play out­side with friends, some­one hop­ing to gain em­ploy­ment yet feels im­mense shame with­out req­ui­site cloth­ing, or an el­derly com­mu­nity mem­ber who will be with­out ad­e­quate heat­ing this up­com­ing month. No mat­ter the sit­u­a­tion, our goal is to equip com­mu­nity mem­bers for their own con­text — meet­ing them where they are.”

Carter added it is then other con­cerns can be ad­dressed and long-term so­lu­tions can be achieved.

“For ex­am­ple, in the noted sce­nar­ios, this may in­clude mov­ing for­ward with fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for a child to par­tic­i­pate in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, help­ing a com­mu­nity mem­ber com­plete and sub­mit job ap­pli­ca­tions, or as­sist­ing an el­derly com­mu­nity mem­ber nav­i­gate fund­ing sys­tems for heat­ing, where pos­si­ble.”

Ron Macgil­livray Chevro­let Buick GMC, on St. An­drews Street in Antigo­nish, is sup­port­ing the drive by pro­vid­ing a drop-off bin at the deal­er­ship as well as pro­vid­ing a mon­e­tary do­na­tion with ev­ery ve­hi­cle pur­chased, new or used, from Dec. 1 to 22.

A do­na­tion bin has also been set up at the Peo­ple’s Place Li­brary on Main Street in Antigo­nish; as well as the fam­ily ser­vices of­fice, also on Main Street (275, suite 103).

“All do­na­tions, for both adults and chil­dren, are ap­pre­ci­ated,” Carter wrote.

“We are ab­so­lutely thrilled about these part­ner­ships, as well as the com­mu­nity sup­port that we have re­ceived so far. Thank you for help­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers stay warm this win­ter sea­son, and if you haven’t al­ready, don’t for­get to donate.”

Richard Mackenzie

Ron Macgil­livray Chevro­let Buick GMC is one of the drop-off sites for a win­ter cloth­ing drive, pre­sented by Fam­ily Ser­vice of East­ern Nova Sco­tia, which goes un­til Dec. 22. The Peo­ple’s Place Li­brary and the fam­ily ser­vices of­fice, both on Main Street, are other drop-off lo­ca­tion for do­na­tions and the deal­er­ship, rep­re­sented in the photo by Michael Hart and Dave Macgil­livray, are also mak­ing a mon­e­tary do­na­tion with ev­ery ve­hi­cle sold dur­ing the cam­paign.

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