DELTA — When Grade 4 students Courtenay and Paige asked their teacher Mr. Miller what he wanted for Christmas they were not expecting his reply.
“He said he wanted mittens and socks for charity – for people who are homeless and need socks and mittens to keep warm,” said Courtenay.
“We thought – we can do that! We were excited because we had an idea of what to do,” explained Paige.
The two girls undertook the task of involving their entire school, Brooke Elementary in North Delta, with collecting mittens and socks.
The girls made collection boxes for varying categories – men, women, girls, boys and teenagers – and dropped off the boxes to each classroom in their school. They also spoke to every class about the importance of the initiative.
“We explained that it was for charity and that lots of homeless people don’t have what we have,” said Paige.
The girls also made posters, did PA announcements and created information to send home to parents about, what they titled, Mr. Miller’s Mighty Mitten Challenge.
Mittens and socks came pouring in, as did other items such as toiletries. The girls even received some monetary donations that they used to buy ponchos to donate as well.
Courtenay, Paige and Mr. Miller are dropped off the donations to NightShift Street Ministries, Cynthia’s Place and the Union Gospel Mission in New Westminster.
“We’re happy that we’re helping other people survive the winter,” said Courtenay.