The idea of a coat drive was brought about on our way to work one fall morning. The bitterness cut through us as we prepared ourselves for a day of work. Driving through downtown Oshawa, it was hard not to notice that some less fortunate were in far less clothing than us. How must they have been feeling? Kids making their way to school without proper protection from the cold – there had to be something we could do.
The team brainstormed and together we found One Warm Coat, an organization that guides small businesses and everyday people in setting up coat drives. We discovered that one in seven people in Canada live in poverty and for these families a coat is sometimes viewed as a luxury that is simply unaffordable. If we could just collect a few coats then this necessity would no longer worry a lot of parents in the community.
We are so blessed to live in a community where the people look out for one another and do what they can wherever possible. We approached the Kimmerer’s, the owners of Carriage Trade Cleaners, Oshawa. These wonderful people said they would clean each and every coat free of charge! Not only were we able to collect warm coats for people but we would now be able to ensure that the coats were clean and of good quality.
On Sunday November 12th we sat at 3388 Trulls Rd. Courtice, watching the clock anxiously as it approached 12pm. There was no need to worry. One by one our neighbours, friends, family and clients came through the door laden with coats. We were overwhelmed. We aimed to reach 100 coats and as we placed the 220th coat into the final box our pride in our community soared.
To everyone who supported us, everyone who spread the word, dropped by and helped out our sincerest thanks and respect is always yours.
Thank you from The Michael Baird Team.