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Students at Sister MacNamara School
are ready for winter, thanks to a generous clothing donation from the Invis
Angels in the Night program.
Angels in the Night is an employee
humanitarian program at the mortgage brokerage. Each year, Invis employees
provide support to the homeless and others in need. Angels in the Night was
started by the company in 2002 and has since raised almost $3 million for
homeless shelters and related humanitarian projects.
Invis representatives Jessica
Cadorath and Rosa Bovino stopped by at Sister MacNamara on Dec. 1 to drop off
the warm winter-wear: 120 articles of clothing, mainly coats and ski-pants.
“We have a team of 20 people who
fundraise throughout the year to provide items for homeless shelters,” Ms.
Bovino said. “A few years ago, we also started funding schools in need.”
At Sister MacNamara, there are many
students and families that are new to Canadian winters, as well as those who
have a limited household budget.
“We went to each teacher to ask
about what needs there were in each classroom. We made a list of 75 students
from nursery up to Grade 6,” said Principal Debbie Lenhardt Mair. “We asked for
a few extra because some of our families that are new to Canada may have
jackets now, but they find it extremely cold when the temperatures start
dropping to -35 C. When it gets to those kinds of temperatures, they realize
the quality of jackets they have aren’t adequate.”
Angels in the Night consulted with
Sister MacNamara representatives to get the proper sizing for each student.
“We like to see what their needs
are and then go shopping for kids,” Ms. Bovino said. “We always ask what they
require. A few years ago we redid an entire daycare.”
Old Navy has been accommodating
bulk clothing orders for Angels in the Night to make sure students get clothing
of the appropriate size and gender.
On Dec. 12, Invis employees across
the country will be doing a mass drop-off of food, clothing and other items to
“There are 17 cities across the
country with groups doing this,” Ms. Bovino said. “This is near and dear to our
hearts, that we can give back to the community.”
Ms. Lenhardt Mair said everyone at
the school appreciated the donation.
“At this time of year, families
might have some challenges with finances…they have the holidays coming up, food
and rent…sometimes items like winter clothing might get pushed back on the
list. So this is an incredible gift.”