Heart-warming winter clothes

Heart-warming winter clothes

UPGRADE DAY

While the back-to-school season is in full swing and inflation is hurting the wallets of Quebecers, an organization in the Quebec City region has once again given itself the mission of dressing “the most children possible» for winter.

Each year, Kiwanis Quebec strives to provide very warm boots, hats, mittens and coats to underprivileged families. The number of young students dressed by the organization over the past few years has increased from 100 to 250. This year, the goal is up to 350.

At a time when inflation is galloping towards levels not reached for a long time, these donations are a blessing for certain families.

“We realize with the pandemic, indeed, that there is a price spike. We see it doing our own grocery shopping. It's the same reality for disadvantaged people,” said the president of the Kiwanis Club of Quebec, Vicky Verreault, on the phone.

The organization therefore launched its traditional Clothing Month fundraiser. The money collected then allows families to shop for winter clothes and boots in businesses that act as partners of the organization. Children have the pleasure of choosing the songs they like.

“Often, they are not lucky enough to be able to choose something new. We have already seen children try on a snowsuit and not want to take it off, for fear that it will be taken away from them,” underlines Ms. Verreault.

One less financial worry  

Brigitte Lachapelle, a specialist educator at École des Cœurs-Vaillants, in the heart of Sainte-Foy, has a front row seat to see the impact of such a campaign. Many of the students she meets can dress warmly in winter thanks to this initiative. 

“ It takes away a financial worry [for families]. Remember that a child who is cold does not feel like going outside to play. A child who is well dressed wants to be outside in winter. At school level, he moves, he plays and a child who has spent himself, he is more available to learning, “she notes.

To support the campaign, just go to the website kiwanisquebec.org. 

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