The Barrie Police Service is once again collecting donations for the annual Mitten Tree campaign.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event. This initiative began with Constable Janet Schefter having a vision and a goal. She was inspired by a group of individuals who had been struggling to stay warm throughout the winter months. It became her goal to see that everyone in our community would be kept warm, which led to the creation of the Mitten Tree.

Many families, including seniors, are faced with low income, high rent and everyday living expenses. It can be a struggle to make ends meet. The need to help individuals within the community stay warm has continued to grow throughout the years.

The Mitten Tree is one of many holiday initiatives which allow members of the Barrie Police Service and the community to give back. More than 20,000 hats, mittens, gloves and scarves have been distributed to individuals of all ages, throughout Barrie and the surrounding area. The success of the Mitten Tree can be attributed to the generosity of the community, local elementary schools and members of the Barrie Police Service.

The Mitten Trees continue to become more vibrant and explode with vast donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves which have been donated to Out of the Cold, Youth Haven, David Busby Street Centre, the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and Addiction Services, CARAH House, Elizabeth Fry Society, Salvation Army Barrie and Hospice Simcoe.

To donate to the Mitten Tree campaign, visit the Barrie Police Service at one of two locations: 29 Sperling Drive or 60 Bell Farm Road, Unit 1, in the City of Barrie.

All donated items must be newly purchased for health reasons. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 21. All inquiries can be directed to corporate communications at 705-725-7025, ext. 2926.

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