It’s time once again for Barrie residents to decorate the Barrie Police Service’s Mitten Tree and keep hands and fingers warn and cosy through the winter.
The service is collecting donations for the annual Mitten Tree campaign, the 20th anniversary of the drive which began with Constable Janet Schefter having a vision and a goal, which had been inspired by a group of individuals who had been struggling to stay warm throughout the winter months.
It was her goal to see that everyone in our community would be kept warm throughout the winter months, which led to the creation of the Mitten Tree, the service reports.
Many families, including seniors, are faced with low income, high rent and everyday living expenses, and it can be a struggle to make ends meet. The need to help individuals stay warm within the community has continued to grow throughout the years.
The Mitten Tree is one of many holiday initiatives which allow members of the Barrie Police Service and the community to give back. More than 20,000 hats, mittens, gloves and scarves have been distributed to individuals of all ages, throughout Barrie and surrounding area.
The success of the Mitten Tree can be attributed to the generosity of the community, local elementary schools and members of the Barrie Police Service. The Mitten Trees continue to become more vibrant and erupt with vast donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves which have been donated to:
- Out of the Cold
- Youth Haven
- David Busby Street Centre
- The Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie
- Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and Addiction Services
- CARAH House
- Elizabeth Fry Society
- Salvation Army Barrie
- Hospice Simcoe
To donate to the Mitten Tree campaign, visit the Barrie Police Service, at one of two locations, 29 Sperling Drive or 60 Bell Farm Road, Unit # 1, in the City of Barrie. Barrie Zehrs are also accepting donations at all three locations: 607 Cundles Road East, 11 Bryne Drive, 620 Yonge Street.
All donated items must be newly purchased for health reasons. Donations will be accepted up until Thursday, Dec. 20. All inquiries can be directed to Corporate Communications at 705-725-7025, ext. 2926.