Media release Poverty

PSA: Dartmouth community appeals for help with special winter coat drive

For Immediate Release

December 7, 2020

Dartmouth North – Several organizations and community members in Dartmouth North are putting out a call for help to provide new winter coats, hats, and mitts to children and adults in need.

Covid put a stop to most of the annual used clothing drives that would otherwise be taking place, making the situation especially urgent heading into this winter. 

“We need donations,” explained Rene Peltekian, an Intensive Case Manager with Welcome Housing. “With nearly 500 people experiencing homelessness in HRM right now, it is extra-important we all do what we can to help people stay warm.” 

The group is working with local agencies to identify recipients and their particular needs, with plans to deliver it all, starting December 12. “We were going to host an event at a local church to give them away but we’ve had to switch gears,” said SchoolsPlus Community Outreach Worker Rachael Gardiner. “This can be a tough time of year for many people who struggle to afford the basics, and the pandemic has certainly made it worse.”

Along with SchoolsPlus and Welcome Housing, the planning team includes residents and representatives from the Dartmouth North Public Library, SonLife Church, the North Dartmouth Echo, the Public Good Society of Dartmouth, and MLA Susan Leblanc.

Cash can be donated by e-transfer to:

Gently-used coats, hats, and mitts can be dropped off at Sue Leblanc’s office, 260 Wyse Road.


For more information contact:

Carla Foxe, Dartmouth North Public Library,