Funeral home puts spring cleaning to good use

Jason Kerr
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Things are looking better for a pair of Prince Albert charity organizations after the Beau “Lac” Funeral Home clothing drive finished up on Friday.

Both the Prince Albert Safe Shelter and Open Door Church of the Nazarene received clothing donations as Prince Albert residents emptied out their closets in a burst of spring cleaning activity.

“Because it’s getting to be spring, and some people were starting to do their spring cleaning, we thought it might be a good opportunity to do a clothing drive,” Beau “Lac” Funeral Home owner Marianne Turcotte says.

In total 40 bags of clothing were collected for the two charities.  Most of the donations came from individuals, with organizations like Sacred Heart Cathedral chipping in as well.

“We liked the idea of helping others and we thought it would be a great way to give back to our community,” Turcotte explains.

The donations won’t be wasted.  Open Door Church gives the clothes to those in need as part of their Fresh Start bread and clothing ministry, while the Prince Albert Safe Shelter gives them to the women and children they house.

“Donations from within the community, or even outside of the city, whether it be clothing or household items, are very much appreciated,” shelter crisis worker Elaine Mappin says.

She says clothing is the organization’s No. 1 need, since most women who come to the shelter only have what they’re wearing.

“As they move on, leaving the shelter, possible getting their own apartment or their own housing, then they take some of these items with them.  They greatly appreciate anything that has been given to them.”

Turcotte says the response from the community was tremendous.  In the end, it turned out to be exactly what she’d hoped for.

“You always think that, ‘maybe I really don’t need that sweater anymore’ or ‘I don’t use this,’” Turcotte says.  “It’s just a great opportunity to pass it along to somebody who perhaps could.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, Prince Albert Safe Shelter and Open Door Church of the Nazarene, Sacred Heart Cathedral Fresh Start

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