The Barrie Police Service is giving back to the residents of Barrie and is once again collecting donations for the annual Mitten Tree!
The Mitten Tree began eighteen years ago with a vision by Constable Janet Schefter to ensure a group of individuals were kept warm throughout the winter months. Throughout the years the need to help individuals of all ages within our community became apparent. Over 20,000 hats, mittens, gloves and scarves have been distributed to people of all ages throughout the Barrie and the surrounding over the past eighteen years.
The success of the Mitten Tree can be attributed to the generosity of the community, local elementary schools and members of the Barrie Police Service. This year the north-end Zehrs will be accepting donations on behalf of the Barrie Police Service.
Our Mitten Trees continue to become more vibrant and erupt with vast amounts of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves which have been donated to:
- Out of the Cold
- Youth Haven
- David Busby Street Centre
- The Women and Children's Shelter of Barrie
- Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and Addiction Services
- CARAH House
- Elizabeth Fry Society
- Salvation Army Mission
In recent years blankets and scarves have been donated and delivered to the pediatric and cancer ward at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.
The Mitten Trees are located in the front lobbies of the Barrie Police Service at 29 Sperling Drive and 60 Bell Farm Road, Unit # 1 and the north-end Zehrs, located at 607 Cundles Road, East.
All donated items must be newly purchased for health reasons. Donations will be accepted up until Thursday, December 22, 2016. For further information all inquires can be directed to Constable Janet Schefter at 705-725-7025, extension #2925