ANTIGONISH, N.S. — An Antigonish effort is underway to provide the gift of warmth to families as winter weather arrives.
The Monsignor Hugh MacPherson Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Kids’ First Family Resource Centre in Antigonish recently launched the coats for families’ initiative.
At its Kirk Street location – the former Antigonish CACL workshop – Kids’ First has started gathering new and gently used winter coats, snow pants and boots.
The project, which initially focused on children, has expanded to include teenagers and parents.
“We saw the need and, with the help of community supporters, are trying to fill it,” Jenny Delaney said of the Kids’ First project, which launched in 2011.
It started with coats and then expanded to include winter boots and snow pants.
Five years ago, the local Knights decided to pitch in as part of a North American-wide coats for kids project offered by its organization.
“It was a great fit for us,” Knight Clarence Deyoung said of the partnership with Kids’ First Antigonish.
He added the Knights provide hundreds of thousands of coats each year to people needing winter wear.
“We canvass churches in the community,” Deyoung said, noting one aspect of their effort for the initiative.
Delaney praised the Knights for their contribution to the program.
“We wouldn’t be able to do as much without them,” she said.
Each year, the initiative provides winter clothing items to 80 to 100 people.
To make a donation, or access the service, visit the Kids’ First Antigonish Facebook page or call 902-863-3848.
People may also drop by their 83 Kirk St. location.
“That is really helpful, when it comes to finding the best size (for the clothing),” Delaney said.