Mission Services is making sure elementary school students in the London area have warm heads and hands this winter, with the launch of its annual Warm Hands – Warm Hearts Outreach program.
The program, which Mission Services of London has run for 25 years, collects new or slightly used hats and gloves, as well as new socks and underwear for London-area schools throughout the winter to to ensure that all children are properly equipped for winters.
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“Children who come to school spend so much time outdoors, and unless they have the right clothes, whether it be hats, mittens or warm socks, it can be very difficult for the students.” said Nicole Case, communications and public relations coordinator for Mission. London services.
“Not only do they feel cold when they are outside, it also makes learning more difficult.”
This year, the program has 51 elementary schools registered to receive donations, including 41 public schools and 10 schools of the Catholic School Board.
The first donations of winter accessories were dropped off at school distribution centers on Wednesday morning, with two more deliveries scheduled for mid-December and mid-January.
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“Many students come to school without proper clothing for various reasons, so principals and school secretaries can distribute items to those who might need more help during the winter months,” Case said.
Those interested in supporting the program can do so by making donations to the Mission Store located at 797 York St. in London.
Mission Services will accept donations of new or lightly used hats and gloves, as well as new socks and underwear, or control donations to the Mission store or agency website.
Case noted that winter items like gloves and hats can be hard to find in the middle of the season, and advises people to keep their schedule in mind when shopping or looking to clean up inventory. winter.
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