Barrie police mitten tree ready to be donned with donations

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Nov. 29, 2020

Medical masks are being added to the annual Barrie police mitten tree this year to help people stay warm and keep safe.

The annual campaign was started by retired Const. Janet Schefter 20 years ago.

If you would like to donate to the campaign, visit Barrie Police Service Headquarters at 110 Fairview Rd. A tree donated by Sommerville Nurseries is located in the lobby.

Thousands of hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves will go to:

• Youth Haven

• David Busby Centre / Out of the Cold

• The Women and Children's Shelter of Barrie

• Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Cancer Care

• CARAH House

• Salvation Army Barrie

• Hospice Simcoe

Many families, including seniors, are faced with low income, high rent, and everyday living expenses, making it a struggle to make ends meet.

For health reasons, all donated items must be newly purchased or made.

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 20. All inquiries can be directed to 705-725-7025, ext. 2907.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance