Operation Snowsuit looking for donations
Célina Ip / Daily Observer Remax Pembroke Realty donated $1,105 and several bags of winter gear to CPAN's Operation Snowsuit on Nov. 8. Pictured here, several Pembroke Realty agents pose on their agency's front steps with CPAN executive director Lyn Smith.
RENFREW COUNTY – With the weather turning colder, the Child Poverty Action Network of Renfrew County is once again running its Operation Snowsuit program.
Operation Snowsuit’s mission is to provide good and decent outdoor winter wear that will enable all children to participate in all outdoor activities, regardless of their family’s financial status. If children do not wear appropriate winter clothing to school this often results in them being kept in during recess (for their health and safety), especially during our severe winter period. The program aims to ensure that all children are provided with appropriate winter wear that will protect them during the harsh Canadian winters and allow them to participate in all outdoor winter activities.
Around November of each year, CPAN invites local schools, businesses and families to engage in Operation Snowsuit by donating winter clothing and making monetary donations. The clothing and funds help to fulfill hundreds of requests form across the county.
“Currently we have had applications from 132 families – some have one child others several. The amount of children on the list currently is 297. Our volunteers are hard at work sorting donations and packing what they can,” said CPAN executive director Lyn Smith.
Among those participating groups who’ve made donations, Remax Pembroke Realty has been supporting Operation Snowsuit for more than 10 years and donated $1,105 and several bags of winter gear this month.
“More of our agents and support staff were involved, with some bringing in snowsuits and others making cash donations,” said Judy DeGeer, broker of record with Pembroke Realty. “It's a great cause because 100 per cent of all the proceeds go straight to the kids and that/s what we love about the cause. There are a lot of unfortunate children who don’t have warm clothing for the winter and it's not fair for them to be cold.”
Smith encourages Renfrew County residents to partake in Operation Snowsuit, by donating winter clothing or making cash donations, in order to support local children in need and help keep them warm throughout the winter. Offices, schools and workplaces can pitch in by setting up clothing collections of their own, then notifying CPAN who will arrange for pickups.
Smith expressed that Operation Snowsuit is a true labour of love that is totally community driven.
“We always fill all orders – so we are hoping this year we will continue to be successful. This is not possible without the help of our kind and generous community members like our friends at Remax Pembroke,” said Smith. “Operation Snowsuit is run for the community, in the community, and by the community.”
Operation Snowsuit is currently in need of the following items:
Snowsuits (and/or winter jackets/ snow pants):
Sizes 6X to 14 and adult sizes
Boys sized 1 and 4 and all men’s sizes 7-13
Ladies sizes from 5-11
Waterproof mittens and warm winter hats.
For information on how to help or to apply for assistance please visit http://renfrewcountycpan.ca/operation-snowsuit/