PSS Aboriginal Leadership Group runs second warm clothing drive – Whistler Question

Collection boxes available throughout town until Dec. 15 donation deadline

December 04, 2017

If you’re looking to declutter while helping a community member in need, Pemberton Secondary School’s (PSS) Aboriginal Leadership Group has just the initiative for you. They’re running a warm clothing drive for the second year in a row, after successfully helping keep members of the area’s First Nations communities warm and cozy last winter.

“Last year we probably sorted at least 40 bags of clothing, which was way more than we anticipated. Anything that even approaches that, we’d see as a huge success,” said Steve Evans, a teacher involved with the group. “I have a feeling it’s going to be hard to do as well as we did last year. There was a big outpouring of support. We received a lot — a lot more stuff than we expected — really a very large volume of clothing and a lot of generosity. It was huge last year. Hopefully we have the same amount of support this year, but it was pretty huge.”

It was a few of the students who first pitched the idea last winter, explained Evans. “The kids liked the idea, so we made it happen,” he said. “We weren’t 100 per cent (sure) if we were going to do it again this year, but there were a few people in the community who were asking about it happening again. Some staff who work with the ministry of families reached out to us, so we thought we’d do it again.”

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