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Blanket drive shows community’s warmth

By: Letter to the Editor

 | Jan 06, 2014 - 12:16 PM |
The Homelessness Network of Sudbury would like to thank the community for all the collaborative efforts made to collect blankets for the homeless. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the staff, volunteers and donors who participated in one of the many blanket drives organized by various groups.

Special thanks to the Poverty, Homelessness and Migration research project team who collaborated with the students and professors of the University of Sudbury’s Ethics Centre and the City of Greater Sudbury’s 13 public libraries.

Hot 93.5’s Share the Warmth campaign, in collaboration with one of the Homelessness Network partners, the John Howard Society, was also quite successful in its efforts to collect blankets, comforters, sleeping bags and linens for the less fortunate. Needless to say we were absolutely overwhelmed by the community’s response to the campaigns.

These initiatives seem to be contagious, as we have just received an additional hundred or so clean, gently-used blankets from a 10-year-old girl, who organized a collection because she wanted to help individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The hundreds of blankets, sleeping bags and bed linens that now grace the shelves of a storage room in the Samaritan Centre and at the John Howard Society of Sudbury will go a long way in aiding those in need, now and throughout this winter season.

If November and December are any indication of the type of winter in store for us this year, with bone-chilling temperatures for weeks on end, our replenished inventory of warm, fuzzy and comfy blankets and sleeping bags will be our greatest blessing.

To everyone who contributed, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your thoughtfulness, care and compassion. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Lianne Bergeron
supervisor, Corner ClinicHomelessness Network co-ordinator

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