January 13, 2016, 7 to 9:30 a.m. — drop off new or gently used winter boots for Winnipeg tykes!
Free coffee from Grace Cafe, Jonnies Sticky buns and warm fuzzies! Download a poster now to put up in your office & spread the word!
United Way’s GenNext is hosting a Drive-Thru Boot Drive, and needs your help to keep children safe & warm this winter. Help us provide children with the critical cold-weather footwear required for safe outdoor play and travel in the winter.
Rally your colleagues, teammates, friends or family to organize a collection drive at your workplace, family gathering, or sporting event. You can then personally drop them off at our improvised “drive through,” (in our back parking lot) and be pampered with some delish Jonnies Sticky buns and a warm cup of coffee.
Enter the United Way parking lot at the Main St. and Alexander Ave. entrance:
Volunteers will gather the boots and off you go in comfort! Gift cards or cash donations are welcomed.
“Why boots?” you may ask…
Families living in poverty are often unable to purchase winter boots for their children. And kids grow fast!
This means sometimes children are unable to participate in outdoor recreation activities in the winter months, or safely walk to school.
“We feel this is a need for kids in our community and a way for GenNext to make a difference. We want kids to be able to walk to school through snow on the coldest day of the year knowing they have the footwear to get them there,” said Jane Helbrecht, Vice-Chair of United Way’s GenNext Council.
“Winter boot donations also give kids the equipment and confidence to get outside and play with their friends and enjoy winter activities. We hope Winnipeggers will come together on January 13 to help kids be all they can be this winter! It’s something so simple, yet so meaningful.”
The boots collected will be distributed to Koats for Kids and through our neighbourhood resource centres in Winnipeg.
Please email Dan if you have any questions!