Cambrian Credit Union raises 105 sweaters in annual drive

2 people holding up sweaters for Mister Rogers Sweater drive
Categories: Prairie News

PHOTO: Allison Pattison (left), marketing and communications coordinator with Cambrian Credit Union; and Tsungai Muvingi, special events and volunteer coordinator with The Salvation Army’s Prairie Division, hold up a couple of the donated sweaters from the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive.

The Salvation Army in Winnipeg is pleased to recognize the efforts Cambrian Credit Union this past holiday season, as they raised a total of 105 warm sweaters for donation, as part of the annual Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood (sic) Sweater Drive.

The sweater drive has been happening in Winnipeg for the past six years now, and is an initiative of Prairie Public Broadcasting.

“Fred Rogers’ cardigan sweater has come to represent his gentle spirit and nurturing of his television neighborhood,” said Christine McClellan, Prairie Public’s community engagement coordinator, in a news release. “Prairie Public welcomes this opportunity to nurture families in our own neighborhoods.”

A total of 11 Cambrian locations in Winnipeg, including its head office, as well as one location in Selkirk, invited clients to drop off new or gently used sweaters for children and adults between December 1 to 15, and choose to donate what they collect every year to The Salvation Army.

“At Cambrian, one of our five core values is, ‘community involvement,’” said Allison Pattison, marketing and communications coordinator with Cambrian Credit Union. “So it was only fitting that we would participate in a sweater drive that gives back to our very own community to help it thrive and flourish.”

Each sweater will be received by a person in need, as necessary across The Salvation Army’s various programs and facilities in Winnipeg.

“We always appreciate when an organization trusts us to distribute the items that they’ve taken the time to collect,” said Jordan Thompson, communications and marketing coordinator with The Salvation Army’s Prairie Division. “Each person who took time out of their day to come in and donate one of these sweaters wanted it to benefit someone who really needs it, and we take that responsibility seriously.

“I’m sure 105 people will have a bit of a brighter day thanks to these donations.”