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Adopt a Child helps keep County children warm

Adopt a Child Prince Edward County

PEC OPP constables Anthony Mann and Glen Staley with the 92 bags of outdoor clothing distributed on the weekend.

With the promise of winter in the air  this chilly weekend, 92 Prince Edward County children were bundled up in snowsuits, coats and boots, thanks to the Adopt a Child program.

The need was not as great in the County as last year where 167 children were assisted through the program that provides new winter clothing for children aged 12 and under.

“We are really hopeful that people are better off generally this year and didn’t need assistance0,” said Anthony Mann, Prince Edward OPP community services officer. “We are not sure. We will see when the numbers come out for the CAS Christmas Angel registrations.”

The need across the Quinte region remained similar to last year in helping more than 1,200 children in the region including Belleville, Stirling and Deseronto.

Cash donations are still needed to get a head-start on next year’s needs. The program is a year-round effort to find and purchase clothing at the best prices. This means shopping at season’s end and talking to suppliers when they are ordering their winter wear to stretch dollars.

The program is geared toward low-income, working families, in need of assistance.

“It is a charitable organization that relies on the generous donations from the public,” says Mann. “We are very grateful for all donations.”

The local police agencies (Central Hastings OPP, Napanee OPP, Prince Edward OPP, Stirling-Rawdon Police and the Belleville Police Services) join forces with Quinte Broadcasting and a core group of volunteers to ensure area children are warm in the winter.

The program started in 1987 and assisted 113 children. Last year, the program helped about 1,200 children bundle up.

To make a donation, visit the Prince Edward OPP station on County Road 1, or the Belleville Police Services at 93 Dundas St., East; or visit Quinte Broadcasting stations (CJBQ 800, Mix 97.1 and Rock 107.1). Credit card donations can be made by calling 613 969 5555.

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