DARTMOUTH, N.S. – The upcoming cold temperatures were on the minds of several Muslims in Halifax as they collected winter coat donations to give to local shelters.
“Lots of people suffered last winter by not having adequate coats, so our goal today is to try to provide as many Haligonians with a warm coat before the winter hits,” said Asraa El-Darahali, the coordinator for Coats for Humanity.
The drive, which ran between noon and 5 p.m. at Mic Mac Mall on Sunday, was set up by Muslims of Halifax. Over 700 coats were donated.
The group is continuing to collect donations until the end of the month at Dalhousie University’s Dentistry Building; St. Mary’s University’s The Language Centre, and interfaith prayer room; SimplyCast; and Bedford Orthodontics.
Gently used or new coats for women, men, boys, and girls can be donated.
“We’re coming together as one community; people from different races, religions, backgrounds, just coming together for the main goal of helping those in need,” said El-Darahali, adding that she hopes to turn Coats for Humanity into an annual event.