Our Community Responds with Warmth

Out of the Cold
Posted on 01/31/2018

These past few weeks, our school organized a social justice initiative to benefit people in our local community.  We collected items and monetary donations to donate to the Barrie and Alliston Out of the Cold shelters.   Last year in Barrie, the shelters (housed in a different church within Barrie each day of the week) provided a warm meal and a warm and safe place to sleep for over 5700 people between the months of November and April.  This year, based on demand, Alliston opened its’ doors to its’ first Out of the Cold shelter and has been receiving visitors every night since its November 15th opening.  With recent record cold temperatures here in Simcoe County, the shelters needed our support more than ever.  


Here is a list of some of the items we collected:

Clothing items:

New mens’ and womens’ socks

New mens’ and womens’ underwear

New mens’ and womens’ long underwear

Food items:

Individual fruit cups/fruit sauce cups

Individual pudding cups

Granola bars

Juice boxes and water bottles

Canned meat such as tuna, ham and salmon (for making lunches for patrons upon leaving the shelter)

Our community responded to this need in an incredible way. Approximately 3900 items were collected and $544.50 was donated!! Students in classes even decided to forego their own daily snack to donate them to this very important cause. 

We would like to thank our community for helping us reach out to those in need in our community.  A special thank you to staff members Mrs. Redding, Mrs. Latour and Mrs. Sponagle for organizing this effort. Our students are learning very important lessons in these opportunities....the greatest one is the notion that we look out for one another with care and compassion.