Canada has one of the most severe winter climates of any country in the world. As temperatures start to drop, many Salvation Army centres across the country are collecting new and gently used coats for those in need.
“Winter wear can be expensive,” says Lieut. Violet Hopkins of The Salvation Army in Campbell River, B.C. “Buying a coat might mean there isn’t enough money for food or rent. We don’t want people to have to make that choice.”
Last year, during the winter months and throughout the year, more than 5,000 coats were distributed by The Salvation Army in Campbell River.
Appropriate winter clothing not only benefits those at extreme risk such as the homeless, it restores dignity, improves self-confidence and acceptance and goes a long way to helping someone’s overall wellness.
“These are tough times in Calgary,” says Lt-Colonel Larry Martin, Area Director for Public Relations and Development with The Salvation Army. “Winter jackets have been so generously donated to help those struggling and we’re making sure they get to the thousands of people who need them most.”
“We couldn’t do this without the community’s contribution,” says Abby Mills, director of The Salvation Army’s Belleville community and family services. “There is always a great demand for coats and accessories and we want to help as many people as possible.”
More information on how you can help make a difference, contact your local Salvation Army.
“We are grateful for your support,” says Mills. “We hand out hundreds of coats each year.”