Whitby men’s group provides clothing to local shelters

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 on February 1, 2019

For the fifth year in a row, the All Saints Church Men’s Group in Whitby is supporting local shelters with clothing donations throughout the year.

Standing with clothing donations are men’s group members, from left, Ken Armes, George Csihas, Neil Liedeman and Rob Semple.

When the group was first formed in November 2014, the men discussed what they wanted to accomplish together. Knowing another cold Canadian winter was just around the corner, they decided to collect warm winter clothing for men in need in the community. They christened the program “Staying Warm Together”.

From this simple beginning, the program grew quickly and now collects clothing for all seasons for men, women, youth and children. Donations are sorted and bagged monthly, then delivered to charities in the surrounding area, including Gate 3:16 Outreach Centre in Oshawa, Herizon House in Ajax, Joanne’s House in Ajax, the Muslim Welfare Centre in Whitby and MacKay House in Whitby.

Since the group’s inaugural meeting, the men have gathered each month for a communal breakfast and presentation on a topic of interest. This has fostered a spirit of friendship and togetherness among the men at All Saints, and they’ve been able to share that warmth with the greater community through their outreach program.


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