Warm hearts, warm mit­tens

Down­town churches band to­gether to help the less for­tu­nate

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In what has be­come an an­nual event, five down­town Sud­bury churches are tak­ing up spe­cial col­lec­tions to help the most vul­ner­a­ble in our city dur­ing Ad­vent. The Ad­vent sea­son is a time of prepa­ra­tion for the cel­e­bra­tion of Christ­mas that in­vites peo­ple to live with gen­eros­ity.

The down­town churches see these projects as a way to make a real dif­fer­ence.

“Again this year, we are de­lighted to be hold­ing up the work of our neigh­bour churches in the down­town,” says Rev. Catherine Somerville of St. An­drew’s United Church. “Last year, our first try at sup­port­ing each other in our Ad­vent work was an awe­some suc­cess. This year can only be bet­ter, as we learn more about the or­ga­ni­za­tions that of­fer help and learn what we can do to­gether when we fol­low the light of Je­sus in the world.”

Or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Down­town Clinic, Off the Street Shel­ter, Sud­bury Ac­tion Cen­tre for Youth, Foyer Notre Dame House, Pos­i­tive Con­nec­tions, as well as Sud­bury school chil­dren and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents will ben­e­fit from the col­lec­tion projects, which break down as fol­lows:

• Church of the Epiphany – toi­letries, non-per­ish­able food, socks, mitts and long un­der­wear.

• St. An­drew’s United Church – toi­letries, socks, su­gar, in­stant oats and rice, cof­fee, cof­fee whitener, gra­nola and cho­co­late bars, and Christ­mas treats.

• Church of Christ the King – wool and hand knit items for chil­dren.

• All Nations Church – mit­tens, hats and scarves for chil­dren.

• Ste. Anne-des-Pins – peanut but­ter, rice, tea, and toi­let pa­per.

Ken Wil­son, co-or­di­na­tor of the All Nations pro­ject deemed “Moun­tain of Mit­tens”, has a goal this year to put mit­tens on the hands of 5,000 chil­dren in Sud­bury and Man­i­toulin Is­land.

“When you call a school to ask how many mit­tens they need, you start to un­der­stand what an im­pact you are hav­ing for the kids and also for the teach­ers,” Wil­son says. “Kids can’t go out for re­cess un­less they have mitts and hats. With a pair of mit­tens, we are en­abling teach­ers to cre­ate a fan­tas­tic en­vi­ron­ment to ed­u­cate our chil­dren.”

Do­na­tions to sup­port this ef­fort can be dropped off at any of the five down­town churches. For more in­for­ma­tion on mak­ing a do­na­tion, con­tact:

- Church of the Epiphany by phone at 705-675-2279 or email [email protected] epiphany­sud­bury.org.

- St. An­drew’s United Church by phone at 705-674-0721 or email [email protected]­drews.ca.

- Christ the King by phone at 705674-6447 or email christ­thek­[email protected]­ce­sessm.com.

- Ste. Anne-des-Pins by phone at 705-674-1947 or email [email protected]­net.ca.

- All Nations Church by phone at 705-673-6110 or email re­cep­[email protected] all­na­tion­schurch.ca.

SUP­PLIED PHOTO

Marie Kon­can and Anne McCormick from Christ the King Church in down­town Sud­bury dis­play some of the hand knit ar­ti­cles that will be dis­trib­uted this Ad­vent sea­son.

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