The Warm Hands – Warm Hearts Program

The Mission Store began its annual Warm Hands – Warm Hearts Outreach Program in 1995 to provide an emergency supply of warm accessories to children in need. Warm Hands – Warm Hearts is designed to be used as an emergency supply. For instance, the donations could be extended to a student who needs a winter hat for recess, or to a student who got wet socks during their walk to school. If a child is in need of a winter coat or boots, their school will encourage their parent to visit our Mission Store to access the Emergency Voucher Program.

Throughout the year, our Mission Store collects new or gently used donations of children’s hats, waterproof mittens or gloves, socks, and new underwear for donation to school-aged children. This year, the donations will be offered to over 60 elementary schools throughout Thames Valley District School Board, London District Catholic School Board, and our neighbouring First Nations Elementary Schools to be used between the months of November and February.

By providing students with hats, mittens, and socks, their walks to and from school are less frigid, and waiting for the bus during the icy early morning hours becomes more bearable. Children are also better prepared for recess on cold, snowy days. By having appropriate winter wear, children are able to build the core memories we all cherish of playing in the snow with friends. The donations made to Warm Hands – Warm Hearts help to give vulnerable students the magic of winter during childhood, without having to worry about having cold hands or wet feet.

If you would like to donate hats, mittens, socks, or new underwear to Warm Hands – Warm Hearts, you can drop off your donations to the Mission Store, located at 797 York Street. Please mark your donation as “Warm Hands – Warm Hearts” somewhere within your donation bag.




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