Barrie Police launches mask and mitten tree

The Mitten Tree was started 20 years ago by former Barrie Police Constable Janet Schefter

The annual Mitten Tree campaign has a COVID-19 twist this year as masks are also being collected.

The Mitten Tree was started 20 years ago by retired Barrie Police Constable Janet Schefter, with a vision inspired by a group of individuals who had been struggling to stay warm throughout the winter months. In 2019, Janet retired after a policing career that spanned more than 30 years and touched thousands of lives of all ages.

Tens of thousands of hats, mittens gloves, and scarves have been distributed to individuals of all ages, throughout the City of Barrie and the surrounding area.

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Police credit the success of the Mitten Tree to the generosity of the community, including local elementary schools. Donations have come from Toronto and as far away as British Columbia from knitters who contribute to the campaign every year.

Donations have gone to:

  • Youth Haven
  • David Busby Centre / Out of the Cold
  • The Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Cancer Care
  • CARAH House
  • Salvation Army Barrie
  • Hospice Simcoe

If you would like to donate to the Mitten Tree campaign, please visit the Barrie Police Service Headquarters, 110 Fairview Road, Barrie. A tree has been generously donated by Sommerville Nurseries and is located in the lobby of the Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus.

All donated items must be newly purchased or made for health reasons. Donations will be accepted up until Sunday, December 20, 2020. All inquiries can be directed to 705-725-7025, ext. 2907.