Coats for Cumberland back for fifth year
© Darrell Cole â Amherst Daily News
Capt. Kathleen Ingram of the Salvation Army, Colleen Dowe of Empowering Beyond Borders, Brian Wood of Sobeyâs 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 â 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.
âWeâve had a previous response in previous years and weâre expecting weâll have a lot of support again,â Colleen Dowe of Empowering Beyond Borders said. âWe 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.â
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 Maggieâs 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 Markâs 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 childrenâs clothing â such as jackets, hats and mittens â but itâs also great for adults.
âThere 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,â Dowe said. âWe have a real need for things like jackets for adults.â
Dowe said thereâs 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 itâs a way for people to clean out their closets and find a new home for used clothing, knowing itâs going to help someone in the community.
âThe need is there. When people spend a lot of money on clothes, thatâs less money they have to fill the oil tank, pay the power bill or put food on the table,â Ingram said.