Janet Lee Elementary School is doing its part to ensure families in need keep warm and dry this winter.
Janet Lee’s school council recently held a winter clothing donation drive benefitting Cathy Wever Elementary School.
Parents and community members dropped off a number of coats, boots, gloves, hats, mittens, pants and scarves for the cause between Oct. 7 and Oct. 24 at Janet Lee’s Winterberry Drive location. Barton Secondary School also collected and donated clothing in support of the initiative.
The items were taken last Friday to Cathy Wever’s Wentworth Street North site, where they will be distributed to those in need through the school’s walk-in closet program.
“It (the drive) took a little bit to gain momentum, but the last day we really pushed through and we ended up with quite a bit of donations,” school council member Tinneal Terceira said. “It’s (Cathy Wever) in a community that has a need for this type of outreach. Sometimes there are people out there that need a helping hand and it’s nice to be able to do that.”
Cathy Wever principal Paul Denomme said the clothing will be available to any family in need within the school’s community.
“Families in need may be identified by any staff member, public health nurse or school social worker,” he said. “We at Cathy Wever would like to thank the Janet Lee community for their generous donation of winter clothing to our walk-in closet. With the cold weather coming upon us so quickly, this donation is timely to ensure we are all dressed appropriately.”
Terceira said this is the first year the school council has embarked on an initiative like this.
The council hopes to do it again next year, she added.
“It feels good for everyone to have pulled together. It’s been a whole community effort,” she said. “I think the impact of everyone coming together will really be felt by the Cathy Weaver community when they receive the donations and I think it’s coming at the perfect time. I think this is going to be a nice surprise for them.”