Boys and Girls Club, Truro firefighters team up to provide winter clothing for children in need

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO – Santa arrived a few days early for some students at Truro Elementary School who otherwise may not have been properly outfitted for cold weather.

Truro firefighters Robert Power, Skyler Blakie and Maurice Colpitts delivered some winter clothing items to Truro Elementary School Friday morning where they were received by vice-principal Heather Biship-Amero (centre). Amanda McNea of the Boys and Girls Club of Truro, Colchester also contributed to the need by providing winter coats.

And, this time, he came in a fire truck.

“It certainly means they can go outside and play comfortably and happy with their friends,” said vice-principal Heather Bishop-Amero, of the children who will be receiving the donated items.

“You know, it’s a bit of a relief off of their families as well, at a time that isn’t always happy and joyous for everyone,” she said.

Approximately half a dozen coats along with a number of pairs of boots, snow pants, mittens and hats were delivered to the school by members of the Truro Fire Service.

The coats were donated through the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester, while the snow boots and other items were purchased by the Truro Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 1627 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

“We had some coats and we teamed up with the Truro Fire Department,” said Amanda McNea, operations director with the Boys and Girls Club.

“They bought the boots and the snow pants so that kids could have winter snow pants and winter coats.”

The club offers coats through its Coats for Kids program each winter to ensure that anyone, children and adults alike, in need of a coat do not have to be without.

The coats, both new and used, are donated from the community at large, she said, and anyone who requires one need only drop into the centre at 175 Victoria St. and it will be provided.

‘We want to give back to our communities and show there are other ways of caring, besides just going to the bad stuff, so to speak’

This is the first year the Truro Fire Service has been a part of the effort and firefighter Maurice Colpitts said they became involved because they simply wanted to help, in the way that other affiliates of the IAFF are doing throughout Canada and the U.S.

“We thought we would jump on board so we contacted the Boys and Girls Club and found out what they were doing,” Colpitts said.

“That’s what firefighters are all about.

We’re not just about putting out fires or going to the car accidents. We want to give back to our communities and show there are other ways of caring, besides just going to the bad stuff, so to speak.”

Colpitts said the department would be contacting the school again next year to determine what its needs are at that time, which they will try to fulfill.

And Bishop-Amero said the need would undoubtedly be there.

“We see it every day and we do what we can but we certainly appreciate the support of our community,” she said. “We certainly appreciate the fire service helping us out to make it a little bit easier for some families.”


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