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Coats for Cumberland returns

Coats for Cumberland, a program offered by Empowering Beyond Barriers and other community partners – including the county’s community health boards, is back for another year with drop-off binds at various locations around the county. Helping to kick off this year’s program are: (from left) Shirley LeBlanc from the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Tamara Porter from the Town of Amherst, Colleen Dowe from Empowering Beyond Barriers, Alison Lair from the Cumberlan YMCA, Ray Bishop and Brian Wood from Sobeys, Michele Kane from EBB, Trudy Weir from the SPAR community health board, Charlotte Ferguson from EBB and Const. Tom Wood from the Amherst Police Department.
Coats for Cumberland, a program offered by Empowering Beyond Barriers and other community partners – including the county’s community health boards, is back for another year with drop-off binds at various locations around the county. Helping to kick off this year’s program are: (from left) Shirley LeBlanc from the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Tamara Porter from the Town of Amherst, Colleen Dowe from Empowering Beyond Barriers, Alison Lair from the Cumberlan YMCA, Ray Bishop and Brian Wood from Sobeys, Michele Kane from EBB, Trudy Weir from the SPAR community health board, Charlotte Ferguson from EBB and Const. Tom Wood from the Amherst Police Department.

AMHERST – Coats for Cumberland continues to have a simple focus.

“We don’t anyone to be cold this winter,” Colleen Dowe of Empowering Beyond Barriers said. “Sometimes when you’re passing by a school you will see children running to or from school without winter clothing. We want to make sure no one is cold.”
Empowering Beyond Barriers is being joined once again by various community partners – including the county’s community health boards - to host the Coats for Cumberland program that will offer gently used winter clothing at several locations in November.
“Just as has been the case in other years, we’re expecting the response to be strong again this year,” Dowe said. “The goal of the program is to make sure no one is cold this winter and thanks the generosity of so many people we expect to achieve that goal again this year.”
More than 1,000 people are expected to use Coats for Cumberland this winter and there’s a tremendous need for gently used winter clothing items. Something that’s really needed is snow pants for kids as well as youth sizes eight to 16 and plus sizes for adults.
“Many parents will go above and beyond to make sure their children have winter clothing, but unfortunately many will go without for themselves,” Dowe said. “It’s important for people to realize this program is for everyone and there’s usually lots of clothing. The community is so generious.”
Bins have been placed in five communities including at Sobeys, the Amherst Stadium and NSCC Amherst; Crossroads Co-op in Parrsboro, NSCC in Springhill; the Pugwash Co-op; the Wentworth Learning Centre and the Wentworth Market.
Bins will also be set up in Advocate, River Hebert and Oxford but locations have yet to be determined.
People needing winter clothing can go to the Amherst Centre mall on Nov. 17 fro 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while coats day in Parrsboro is Nov. 10 at St. George’s Anglican Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Springhill’s coats day is Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NSCC Cumberland campus while coats day dates have yet to be set in other communities.
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