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Community college student takes winter clothing collection for Truro homeless shelter


TRURO - With temperatures hovering around zero and wet snow falling on the ground, one anonymous woman decided it was a good day to help somebody out.

Cory MacIntosh, a Wallace resident and NSCC student, was at the school on Wednesday collecting winter clothing to donate to Out of the Cold. MacIntosh's biggest donation came from a woman who gave a bag of 10 coats.

Cory MacIntosh stood behind the front desk on Wednesday, safe from the cold and snow, when the woman came in and handed him a blue recycling bag filled with 10 winter jackets. MacIntosh, a continuing care student at the school, was holding a clothing drive for Out of the Cold, Truro's homeless shelter.

"This is actually a pretty nice coat," he said as he pulled a brown jacket from the bag. "It's practically brand new."

MacIntosh, a Wallace resident, started at the school last year. As part of his program, they have to spend four weeks helping the community in various ways. Being from out of town and driving to school every day this winter, he decided it was as good a time as any to donate winter clothing.

After hearing about the organization from someone on campus, he decided on his project.

"I wasn't sure about what to do, but then I heard about Out of the Cold," he said. "It's a great organization."

MacIntosh then went to the student association and asked how it could help. The result was four-dozen doughnuts sitting on the desk in front of him and a draw for $100 off any student fees.

The doughnuts did more than their share to help with advertising.

"Hey, what's the deal with the donuts?" a woman called over the railing from the second floor before MacIntosh explained the clothing drive.

While the big winner for the day is the shelter, the biggest surprise came from the biggest donation.

"I thought that was great," he said. "Really makes you feel good about your community."

MacIntosh will be set up in the same place at Forrester Hall for the next two Wednesdays, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. doing what he loves the most - helping.

"I've always wanted to help, since I was a boy. It's just a chance to do that."

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