Community comes together to Give Cold Feet the Boot!

EY employees donating boots to the boot drive

One in five children in our community live in a home that struggles to provide basic necessities like food and rent, so winter boots are often far lower on the list. But every kid wants to be able to play outside with their friends and enjoy all the fun activities that come with winter in Canada. A pair of winter boots and warm feet make these activities possible.

That’s why our community is working together to keep children and families warm. Give Cold Feet the Boot is a community wide drive to collect winter boots for children from low-income homes. The drive is organized by United Way’s GenNext and Labour United.

“The Boot Drive means that we can meet an important basic need of for community members,” says Megan Kesich, Community Support and Advocacy Specialist, Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre. “By contributing to the boot drive, you meet people where they’re at, with what they need, when they need it. “

More than 800 pairs of boots have been donated so far, with more still coming in! The boots will be distributed to families through five United Way funded neighbourhood resource centres in London; South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre, Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre, LUSO Community Services and Northwest London Resource Centre.

Our partners in St. Thomas and Elgin have also collected boots and they are being distributed through local resource centres in those communities.

Families who would like to receive boots can contact the resource centre closest to them or Jennie Malone at United Way Elgin Middlesex – jmalone@unitedwayem.ca 519-438-1723 x347

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