Diabetes Canada hosts clothing drive in Windsor

Anyone in Windsor looking to declutter their home can do so on Saturday and help the Diabetes Canada charity by participating in a local drive-thru clothing donation event.

All net proceeds from clothing donations will go to Diabetes Canada’s charitable work and the support it provides to 11 million Canadians living with diabetes and prediabetes.

Sean Shannon, president and chief executive of the National Diabetes Trust, said the event took place during the pandemic.

“A no-touch, no-touch event that would give donors a chance to give a second life to lightly used clothing or household items,” he continued. “We can give them an easy way to donate by putting it in their car and driving to one of these events.”

Shannon says finding a good, visible location with plenty of space, like the Superstore on Walker Road, is key to the success of these events.

“It’s always about making it easy for people. You literally just walk up and open your trunk or open your door, pick up your donations and away you go. It’s pretty uncomplicated and pretty easy, and I think it has multiple benefits. Of course it helps people declutter their homes and they know it will serve a good cause in our case.”

He says clothes are the main thing they are looking for, but anything textile will also be accepted.

“It could be blankets in good condition. It could be boots, shoes, all kinds of things that are clothes…handbags, etc. All those kinds of things that could have a second life and be resold at retail, which is exactly what is happening,” he said.

The drive-thru will take place at the Superstore located at 4371 Walker Road from 9 a.m. to noon.

For those unable to make it to the community clothing donation drive-thru, they can donate used clothing to one of the charity’s donation bins.

– with files from Kathie McMann of AM800

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