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Operation Warmth launching in North Bay

Operation Warmth runs from Wednesday, October 27 to Tuesday, November 9
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Operation Warmth kicks off Wednesday.

Operation Warmth will have a slightly different look for the second year in a row as five local organizations are pooling their resources to ensure children and families have clothing appropriate for northern winters.

Rebuilt Resources, LIPI (Low Income People Involvement of Nipissing), Crisis Centre North Bay, the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area, and the Salvation Army will carry on a fall tradition shepherded by Pastor Jerry Slote, formerly of the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Operation Warmth ran for 24 years until 2020 when pandemic restrictions forced the clothing drop off and distribution away from the tight quarters of the church. Slote has since retired.

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Operation Warmth will run from Wednesday, October 27 to Tuesday, November 9.

Drop off of gently used coats can be made at two locations:

  • The LIPI office, located at 127 Main St East, weekdays only between Oct. 27–Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Rebuilt Resources, 1356 Regina St. on Saturday, Oct. 30 only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pick up of coats will be available at the Salvation Army, 134 McIntyre St. E:

  • Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, November 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Last year Lakeshore Evangelical Missionary Church filled the void on short notice by serving as a drop-off spot for donations and four local organizations handled the distribution of coats.