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LETTER: Winter Coat Drive a community success story

Annual effort saw more than 700 coats distributed to those in need
Sue Learmonth, co-ordinator of the Orillia Learning Centre, is shown in this file photo with some of the items available during the Winter Coat Drive.

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Our 11th annual Winter Coat Drive was extremely successful with the collection and distribution of more than 700 warm winter coats to Orillia and surrounding communities.

We couldn’t make this happen without the extreme generosity of our partner, Laundry Lounge, and their staff, who provided their facility for each coat to be cleaned prior to being donated.

A big thank you to the Simcoe County District School Board, CTV News Barrie, OrilliaMatters, Orillia Today, Information Orillia and local radio. We would like to thank the Orillia Community Church and Hip Chick Design for lending us the numerous coat racks required for organization and display. We couldn’t have done this without the Wihlidal Family Chiropractic Clinic, St. Paul’s United Church, Grace Chiropractic and Township of Oro-Medonte for providing a drop-off site for the coat donations.

To the residents of Orillia and outlying communities, thank you for your donations of warm winter coats. Your contributions meant that many families were kept warm this winter.

We look forward to our 12th annual Winter Coat Drive and will begin collecting coats from Oct. 10 to Nov. 17.

Staff and students of the Learning Centre and Simcoe Shores Secondary School, Orillia campus