For the fifth year, coats and winter garments are being collected for Share the Warmth in Grande Prairie. BNI Northern Connections and Richmond Dry Cleaners are the forces behind the collection, where all the items brought in will be donated to the Odyssey House Emergency Women’s Shelter.
Don Murray, President of BNI Northern Connections, says the Fifth Annual Share the Warmth drop-off locations include Richmond Dry Cleaners and Prairie Villa insurance. All items that are dropped off, will then be cleaned and donated to the local women’s shelter in October.
“We are just asking people to go through their closet, and if there is something they haven’t worn or use anymore, well, you know what, people can use those. Odyssey House we donate to every year, and they are just so gracious to receive everything, and if we can put a little bit of smile factor on people’s faces, that is what it is all about.”
Murray adds the donations are a way of being proactive and helping those in the community heading into the winter months.
“We get it every year, and we think, oh my goodness, it is so cold, but we do get it every year; it is normal.”
Donations for the 2022 campaign were reported to be down compared to previous years, but 219 pieces of clothing were collected and donated last year.
This year, drop off to Odyssey House is expected to happen in the middle of October.