Jade Hansen (left) along with her sister and family are collecting coats and warm clothing for those less fortunate in the Comox Valley Nov. 30.

Winter clothing drive the brainchild of a child

Grade 7 student has collected 3,000 pounds of winter clothing for the less
fortunate in past four years

Erin Haluschak

Record Staff

Four years ago,  following a trip to Vancouver with her family, Jade Hansen knew she had to do something to help those less fortunate.

“I was walking down the street and there were many homeless people who looked cold, and I wanted to help,” the Grade 7 Valley View Elementary School student explained.

Four years later, Hansen, along with the help of her sister and other members of her family, have collected nearly 3,000 pounds of coats and winter clothing during an annual one-day outer clothing drive to give to those in need in the Comox Valley.

This year, the drive is scheduled for Nov. 30 in the parking lot at Remax Ocean Pacific Realty in Courtenay (2230A Cliffe Ave.) and are hoping to break their goal of 1,500 pounds of clothing; last year, they collected 1,200 pounds.

As in past years, staff at Cumberland Regional Laundry have volunteered to launder all of the donated items before they are passed along to the Salvation Army for distribution.

“We already have seven bags and people are contacting us already (to drop off coats),” said Hansen, who is putting a challenge out to other schools in the area to see which school can give the most to the drive.

She is also putting the challenge out to minor hockey teams, including her team and her sister’s, to stuff as many bags full of clothes as possible.

“You don’t have to be homeless to need a jacket or warm clothes,” added Jade’s mom, Tara. “Anyone can use a warm jacket; times are really tough.”

On drop-off day, hot dogs and cider will be available by donation, and the family will also be collecting non-perishable items for the Comox Valley Food Bank along with toys for Santa’s Workshop.

Anyone who has items to donate but cannot make it on Nov. 30 is asked to drop them off at Comox Chiropractic at 203-1723 Comox Ave. during regular business hours.

photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Lack of security: why Vancouver Island food production is on the decline

Big Read: agriculture a big, expensive commitment as advocates push to make us more food secure

RCMP investigate sexual assault in Courtenay

Comox Valley RCMP officers are investigating a reported sexual assault at Sandwick… Continue reading

Comox Strathcona Waste Management board approves tour of Nova Scotia advanced recycling plant

Three CVRD representatives will tour Sustane Tech. plant while in Halifax for FCM conference

Comox opts for ‘blank sheet’ when it comes to cannabis bylaw

Comox council unanimously approved a bylaw to prohibit the sale of cannabis within the town.

Big Read: locked out of the woods

Vancouver Islanders struggle to balance back country public access with private land protection

Lt.-Gov. Guichon believes she made the right decision

Outgoing Lt.-Gov Judith Guichon said her most memorable moments weren’t surrounding the election

CONTEST: Win a whale-watching tour for four

Where in the world are the Snowbirds?

Crews called to highway crash in Nanoose Bay

Accident happened just before 4 p.m. near Hillview Road

VIDEO: Smokers talk pot rules at annual 4-20 event

Annual pot protest-meets-festival in Vancouver attracted hundreds to vendors, concert

New funds, recruits set to alleviate B.C. sheriff shortage

The Government of British Columbia announced new sheriff graduates, funding for more classes

Video: RCMP investigation gets a deer little photobomb

Princeton RCMP were conducting a drug investigation in Princeton which a deer strolled through

Farnworth says five years too long for feds to deal with organized crime in medical pot

Needs to be dealt with much sooner than that, B.C. Public Safety Minister says

UPDATED: Unions, CP Rail come to agreement, avoiding work stoppage

Locomotive engineers, conductors and signals specialists seeking new collective agreements.

B.C. woman known to hitchhike around province missing

Aislynn Hanson, 18, last seen April 13; known to travel throughout B.C. by hitchhiking

Most Read