Walking The Beat: Barrie Police Mitten Tree Helps Keep The Community Warm

Donations accepted at headquarters and Zehrs stores in Barrie

Barrie Police Constable Janet Schefter has brushed off her mitten tree – and found a couple of others – in her effort to help keep the community warm.

She began collecting hats, mitts and scarves twenty winters ago when she noticed individuals in the community struggling to keep warm. It was her goal to see that everyone in the community would be kept warm throughout the winter months, which led to the creation of the Mitten Tree.

With many families, including seniors, faced with low incomes, high rents and everyday living expenses the need to help people stay warm has continued to grow throughout the years.

Donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves are donated to:

  • Out of the Cold
  • Youth Haven
  • David Busby Street Centre
  • The Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and Addiction Services
  • CARAH House
  • Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Salvation Army Barrie
  • Hospice Simcoe

If you would like to donate to the Mitten Tree campaign, please visit the Barrie Police Service, at one of two locations, 29 Sperling Drive or 60 Bell Farm Road, Unit # 1, or any Zehrs store in the City of Barrie.

All donated items must be newly purchased for health reasons. Donations will be accepted up until Friday, December 21

Inquiries can be directed to Corporate Communications at 705-725-7025, ext. 2926.