MUSKOKA, ON-The District of Muskoka’s campaign has collected coats for residents to use during the winter.

As of December 6th, the It Takes a Village campaign has collected over 500 winter items including coats, boots, hats and mitts.

Having been six years since the program started, The District of Muskoka has partnered up with various organizations to ensure that the people of Muskoka can dress warmly. This year, the partnership consisted of the Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes and Fabricare Cleaning Centre.

This year’s campaign started on October 28th and each winter gear that was donated was cleaned and washed at Fabricare before being shipped to the various centres operated by the district.

In an interview with the newsroom, Mel Heatlie, the Program Communications Specialist at the District of Muskoka said that she was thrilled at this year’s results and that they were able to gather so many items. “There is a huge population in Muskoka that are just not able to afford coats or other winter gear, so this campaign really helps them survive the cold,” said Heatlie.

Heatlie went on to say that they were fortunate to have the Rotary Club to help deliver the clothes to the distribution centres. “We could not have done this without our partners as getting these clothes to the families who need them, is very important,” said Heatlie.

If you or your organization is interested in supporting the coat drive in 2020, you can email [email protected]