College of New Caledonia winter clothing drive helps keep the community warm

CNC students Christina Falloon (left), Tayler Knoke and Delaine Hilts were thrilled to present Ashley Adams and Sherilyn van Halderen of Season's House with the donations from this year's winter clothing drive. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Sherilyn van Halderen (left) and Ashley Adams of Season’s House load up winter clothing collected from a drive organized by social work students at the College of New Caledonia. (Rebecca Dyok photo)Sherilyn van Halderen (left) and Ashley Adams of Season’s House load up winter clothing collected from a drive organized by social work students at the College of New Caledonia. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Dozens of winter coats will be providing warmth in Quesnel after a 15-day collection drive by College of New Caledonia (CNC) social work students.

Season’s House staff Sherilyn van Halderen and Ashley Adams needed a trolley to load the warm clothes including scarfs, sweaters, socks, hats and mitts into a truck from the post-secondary campus on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“I’m very excited about this,” van Halderen said.

“There are lots of people that aren’t able to stay in the shelter or don’t have any place to stay, and they obviously need warm clothes, so this amazing community came together and was able to get us all these lovely donations.”

While Season’s House does not necessarily have the storage for all the items, Adams added they have good contacts with other local organizations.

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“We’ll be sharing the wealth,” she said.

Students Christina Falloon and Delaine Hilts were proud of the support received for the drive held from Oct. 13. to Oct 28.

Two large tents outside of the college’s library were filled with donations.

“It has been incredible how much we’ve gotten,” Falloon said. “We weren’t expecting this whatsoever.”

Helping put the winter clothing drive together were a number of other social work students, including Emily Hohmann, Chailee Normandin, Cindy Aldred, Taylor Simpson, Shelly Deis, Tayler Knoke, Cara Mighton and Melissa Chukra.

Their instructor is Ellen Winofsky.

“Just from us getting the word out and putting it online, and seeing people we’ve never seen before out in the community just come through with bags of things, it was just heartwarming,” Hilts said.

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