Slater jacket drive receives several donations despite low turnout

By Roger White
December 12, 2016 - 2:00pm

Colder temperatures brought a smaller turnout to the annual Gord Slater Jacket Drive and Kids Mini Carnival, but the group still managed to keep many young people in the surrounding area warm this year with several donations.

Organizer Gord Slater said that despite the small crowd who braved the weather, a huge number of winter items were donated to the event.

“We had a great response this year. We are able to donate over 300 to 350 pairs of winter mittens, toques, jackets and hats to the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Food Bank and the Battleford’s Indian Metis Friendship Center,” Slater said.

He added the group is looking at having another jacket drive in the not too distant future to offset the low turnout at the first event.

“We know people didn’t come out because of the cold.” Slater said. “ I hope to have another carnival before Christmas hopefully. If not it will be early in the New Year. Finding a location will be the toughest part.”

Slater also recognized members of the business community who donated countless prizes and raffle items to the event.

 

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