Cold-weather clothing drive for city’s homeless
By Krista Sinaisky | December 17, 2019
True North Sports + Entertainment is supporting local aid organizations in their efforts to collect gently used warm winter clothing for Winnipeg’s homeless, who are now in greater need with the colder winter weather setting in.
Since temperatures have dropped, North Point Douglas Women’s Centre has seen a dramatic increase in need with more than 150 people dropping in each day looking for various items of warm clothing.
“Too many times our team comes across people who do not have the basic needs of proper winter boots, toques, mitts and socks. This is a constant need in these Winnipeg winters for many of our community,” said Tara Zajac, the centre’s Executive Director
Winnipeggers can drop off gently used adult and youth winter clothing at any Jets Gear location through Dec. 24, including at the Bell MTS Place Jets Gear location during upcoming Jets and Moose home games. Store hours are available at TrueNorthShop.com/pages/contact-us.
• Bell MTS Place, 300 Portage Avenue (corner of Hargrave and Portage)
• St. Vital Centre, 1225 St. Mary’s Road (London Drugs wing)
• CF Polo Park, 1485 Portage Avenue
• Bell MTS Iceplex, 3969 Portage Avenue
• Kildonan Place, 1555 Regent Avenue
Bell MTS Place Jets Gear will collect clothing at the following December Jets and Moose home games:
• Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Winnipeg Jets vs. Carolina Hurricanes
• Thursday, Dec. 19 – Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks
• Saturday, Dec. 21 – Manitoba Moose vs. San Antonia Rampage
• Sunday, Dec. 22 – Manitoba Moose vs. San Antonia Rampage
• Monday, Dec. 23 – Winnipeg Jets vs. Montreal Canadiens
Additional collection bins will be set up at the Guest Services booths on the Bell MTS Place concourse at the Winnipeg Jets games on Dec. 17, 19 and 23.
Items of particular need include socks, toques, mitts/gloves and coats and all forms of winter clothing are gratefully welcomed.
“The Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose have a history of showing incredible support for community initiatives,” said Mark Chipman, Executive Chairman, True North Sports + Entertainment. “Upon hearing about the dire need for donations for warm winter clothing, we knew we had the opportunity to get involved and, with the support of our community, make a difference for those needing warmth this season.”
All clothing collected will be turned over to the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre whose team will continue to distribute clothing to those in need.‹ Main News