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Out in the rain – Harvest House raises funds for the homeless

Donna Eldridge, coordinator of Harvest House, prepares for a long cold night inside a cardboard shelter, raising awareness and money for the needs of the homeless in the area.
Donna Eldridge, coordinator of Harvest House, prepares for a long cold night inside a cardboard shelter, raising awareness and money for the needs of the homeless in the area. - Colin Chisholm

WINDSOR, N.S. – Donna Eldridge is in for a bleak, rainy, windy night outside in a cardboard shelter. And that’s the point she’s trying to make.

For many, often unseen and in the shadows, this isn’t a choice, but a reality.

This is the seventh year Eldridge has set up camp outside the Windsor Baptist Church, asking for donations to drivers and walkers passing by. All funds go towards the operational costs of Harvest House, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in town

“We’re getting more and more people stopping to donate each year,” Eldridge, the coordinator of Harvest House said. “There’s still a lot of people don’t realize how big of a problem this in this community. It’s getting bigger.”

They’re continuing to raise money for a legacy project, a long-term building they would own, rather than rent, which offer more space and resources for those in need of shelter.

Eldridge said they’re still pretty far from reaching their target, but she remains hopeful.

“Anyway people can help will make a big difference in somebody’s life,” she said.

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