Making sure everyone has a warm winter

Darrell Cole
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Coats for Cumberland back for fifth year

Capt. Kathleen Ingram of the Salvation Army, Colleen Dowe of Empowering Beyond Borders, Brian Wood of Sobey’s and Jim Hatheway of Jim Hatheway Ford look over a poster for the campaign. Missing from photo is Sandy MacFarlane of the Amherst Centre Mall. 

Coats for Cumberland is back for another year with drop-off locations for gently used winter clothing across the county. (From left) Larry Legere of Atlantic Kia, 

AMHERST – A group of volunteers and Cumberland County businesses want to make sure no one is cold this winter.

Empowering Beyond Borders, formerly known as the Poverty Action Committee, is joining forces with Sobeys, Atlantic Kia, Jim Hatheway Ford and the Salvation Army to host the fifth Coats for Cumberland Campaign.

“We’ve had a previous response in previous years and we’re expecting we’ll have a lot of support again,” Colleen Dowe of Empowering Beyond Borders said. “We have a number of drop-off points across Cumberland County and the Amherst Centre Mall had again generously provided a space for us to distribute the clothing.”

Items of gently-used clothing, for children and adults, is being collected at bins at Sobeys, Atlantic Kia and Jim Hatheway Ford in Amherst along with at Maggie’s Place and locations in Springhill, Pugwash, Advocate Harbour and Parrsboro.

On Nov. 23, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. items will be distributed at a location in the Amherst Centre Mall near Mark’s Work Warehouse.

Last year, Dowe said, more than 580 items of clothing were collected and donated through the program. She said the need is great for children’s clothing – such as jackets, hats and mittens – but it’s also great for adults.

“There are a lot of people out there who go above and beyond to make sure their children have clothing. Unfortunately they will go without to make that happen,” Dowe said. “We have a real need for things like jackets for adults.”

Dowe said there’s also a need for 2x clothing for adults and sizes 10 to 16 coats and snowpants for children.

Capt. Kathleen Ingram of the Salvation Army said the program has been well received by both donors and recipients. She said it’s a way for people to clean out their closets and find a new home for used clothing, knowing it’s going to help someone in the community.

“The need is there. When people spend a lot of money on clothes, that’s less money they have to fill the oil tank, pay the power bill or put food on the table,” Ingram said.


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