The Agape Centre in Cornwall is beginning a fundraising campaign to pay for hundreds of snowsuits it has purchased for area children in need.
The wildly popular snowsuit program dresses some 500 local children in warm clothing for the looming winter.
More than 300 snowsuits have already been spoken for and Agape executive director Alyssa Blais said it won't be long before the balance is donated too.
The task at hand is covering the costs of the program. She said the annual snowsuit auction has been shelved this year in place of going directly to area residents and businesses looking for donations.
"This program is very important because without it, there would be a lot of kids without snowsuits," she said, adding it became difficult to continue with the snowsuit auction. "There's a lot of reasons why. We have very limited resources here and there's always something going on at this time of year."
She said as many as 50 businesses would donate services or products to the auction. Blais said the plan now is to go to those same businesses seeking a monetary donation.
The Agape’s snowsuit program has been distributing snowsuits for eight consecutive years and has managed to meet the challenge of keeping underprivileged kids warm during our cold winters.
The month-long campaign to raise funds for the program began Nov. 1. For more info visit www.agapecentre.ca.