Wandering Market in Moose Jaw is currently accepting donations of clean, damaged winter jackets.
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council asked The Wandering Market last year if they would be a drop-off location for their Warm Hearts – Jacket Repair Project, and they agreed to participate again this year.
The project aims to keep the jackets out of the landfill, to be donated to people in need in the community. There are drop off locations in Regina and Saskatoon as well, and the jackets stay within their respective communities.
“Last year was a huge success – we got tons of jackets, and there were lots of volunteers that came and fixed them, and then they went to good and needed homes,” said Nadine Lee, owner of The Wandering Market.
Lee says that of the 179 jackets repaired through the project, approximately half came from Moose Jaw. This year, they’ve gotten two boxes full so far this year.
Jackets are asked to be clean for donation, but a variety of different states of disrepair are accepted. All sizes from kids to adults are welcome.
“Small repairs and then also big repairs – so doing zippers and things like that. The people that volunteered were experienced, so they were able to do that,” said Lee.
The jackets can be dropped off any day of the week at 461 Athabasca St E. They’re open 10-6 Monday through Friday, and 10-5 Saturday and Sunday. “They bring it up to our staff. We usually ask them what needs to be fixed because it saves the volunteers’ time, and then we just put a little sticker on it that says if it’s already fixed, or what it needs done to it,” said Lee.
The program will run over the winter until the needs of local organizations are filled, including the Moose Jaw Newcomer Welcome Centre and Moose Jaw Transition House.
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