Staff at Lawton’s in Kentville, including manager Jill Bricker, Rebecca Doyle and Annemiek De Lang, are collecting clothing to help Janie Morse’s project to distribute warmth to homeless men. – Jennifer Hoegg , www.kingscountynews.ca
By Jennifer Hoegg
A New Minas woman’s wish to help homeless men in the Valley and Halifax is drawing support.
Three weeks ago, Janie Morse put out a call for donations of winter clothes, sleeping bags and tarps for men living on the streets. She said she was touched by the fate of Harley Lawrence, a 62-year-old man who died in a fire in a Berwick bus shelter where he was sleeping, and wanted to help “the Harleys of the world.”
Collection is “going very well,” Morse said Nov. 28.“We’ve got some nice things donated.”
Emma Jones, who offered her Daisy Roots shop as a drop off location, says the project has been warmly received and a number of people have come in to contribute. Other businesses are also aiding the project.
“I went out to Frenchys yesterday to fill in some of the gaps and they donated what I had chosen,” Morse said. Lawtons’ employees in Kentville are also pitching in.
“There was an elderly lady who had lost her husband,” Morse said. “She read the story in the paper (and) felt the need to donate her husband’s winter clothes.”
Morse said the community support her project has garnered was “heartwarming.”
“I’m feeling people’s love for the homeless people and the care people do have for others,” she added.
Morse, her two grown sons and their partners, will begin distributing what they have gathered to men in need soon.
“We’re going to head out and see if we can build some trust.”
She said the family plans to continue their efforts after the holidays.
“Christmas is covered. People always volunteer at Christmas,” Morse said.
It will be January and February, when everyone is tucked in their warm home, when help will be needed, she added.
“We’ll just do what we can do,” she said.
To help, call Morse, 670-7257, or drop off donations at Daisy Roots, 19 Aberdeen St., Kentville. Warm gloves are most needed, but Morse is still collecting hats, scarves, warm socks, large men’s winter jackets, sleeping bags, tarps, heat packs and large long underwear.