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CINDY DAY: A community that cares, keeps up warm this winter

Morgan is an employee at Giant Tiger in Sackville NS and a member of the 7th Sackville Venturer troop.  At his urging, his Scout group collected 11 boxes of coats this year.
Morgan is an employee at Giant Tiger in Sackville NS and a member of the 7th Sackville Venturer troop. At his urging, his Scout group collected 11 boxes of coats this year. - Contributed

If you have friends or relatives in Ontario and Quebec, you know that when it comes to the weather, we have been fairly fortunate, so far. A half dozen times this month alone, the warmest temperatures in the country were right here in Atlantic Canada.

Well, we can hope all we want, but we do know it’s just a matter of time before it gets cold. I’m quite OK with that; I love winter, but not everyone does. In some cases, that’s because they don’t have the proper outerwear.

Did you know that in Canada, more people die from exposure to extreme cold than from any other natural event?

We would be fine if we were more like insects. Many insects prepare for winter by creating their own “antifreeze.” During the fall, insects produce more glycerol, which makes them more cold-tolerant and protects their tissue and cells from ice damage.

Humans aren’t equipped in quite the same way; we need proper clothing. In Canada, a coat is not a luxury item, yet many people, children included, don’t have a decent winter coat.

Here’s how you can make sure no child is cold this winter.

This year marks 30 Years for COATS for KIDS on Today’s Country FX 101.9! They’re joining forces with the caring people at Maritime Fuels and Esso.

Swing by the Maritime Fuels offices on 44 Orion Court in the Woodside Industrial Park in Dartmouth, tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 22 and drop off new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and scarves. They’ll be broadcasting live from noon until 4 p.m. I’ll be joining them from 2 until 4 p.m. I hope you’ll swing by to say hi!

Sadly, this need exists in every village, town and city across Atlantic Canada. Keep that in mind the next time you’re out shopping. Pick up a coat and drop it off at a local church or shelter. It’s guaranteed to warm you up – inside!



Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.

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