The cooler weather is a reminder that winter is just around the corner. Winters in Haliburton County can be long and cold. Having the right winter gear can make it much more bearable.
The fourth annual Share the Warmth winter clothing drive kicks off on October 10, 2019. An initiative of SIRCH Community Services, Share the Warmth helps families and seniors stay warm by distributing free winter coats and winter wear.
To contribute to Share the Warmth, you may drop off clean, gently used winter clothing items—clean coats, snow pants, mitts, hats, winter boots, socks, and slippers—between October 10 to 22, 2019 at drop-off locations throughout the county.
In Haliburton, the drop-off locations are Algonquin Outfitters (218 Highland St), Haliburton Foodland (188 Highland St), SIRCH Community Services (49 Maple Avenue, 2nd Floor), and Todd’s Independent (5121 County Rd 21).
In Minden, the drop-off locations are Dollo’s Foodland (12325 Hwy 35), Easton’s ValuMart (12646 Hwy 35), and St. Paul’s Anglican Church (19 Invergordon Ave).
“We’re grateful for the local businesses and organizations who support this annual winter clothing drive,” said Margee Shelly, Program Coordinator at SIRCH Community Services. “We’re especially grateful to all the members of the community who generously donate their gently worn winter jackets to help others in the county.”
If you are in need of a winter coat or other winter clothing, you may attend one of two Give Away Days. There will also be coffee and hot chocolate available. All winter wear items are free of charge.
The first Give Away Day is Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (19 Invergordon Ave, Minden).
The second Give Away Day is Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at SIRCH Central, 2 Victoria Street, Haliburton.
“Share the Warmth is a way for us to help our neighbours stay warm this winter,” explained Margee. “The generous donations of clean coats, snow pants, and other winter clothing can make a huge difference in a person’s life during the long winter in the Highlands.”