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NAIT community collects warm clothing for people in need

Published on December 14, 2017

Share the Warmth campaign is a festive season tradition for NAIT staff and students

EDMONTON – The NAIT community will collect more than 2,000 items of warm clothing for the less fortunate this season – part of an annual winter tradition at the polytechnic for more than a decade.
Retired instructor Gordon Smith started the ‘Sock It To Me Brother’ campaign years ago, organizing a year-long collection of socks. The NAIT Academic Staff Association (NASA) took over the campaign 11 years ago and renamed it Share the Warmth, expanding the campaign to include new gloves, toques, scarves, and personal hygiene items.
Over the past decade, the campaign has collected more than 25,000 items and $25,000 for Edmonton charities, thanks to the generosity of NAIT staff, students and the community.
This year, more than 1,000 pieces of warm clothing and three large boxes of personal hygiene items have already been donated and delivered to the Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Bissell Centre, Hope Mission and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton. Another 1,000-plus items will be delivered Dec. 19 and 20 by staff from NAIT Distribution. Share the Warmth is supported by MBS Insurance Brokers Ltd. and Economical Insurance.

Media are invited to meet the team, including Smith, and see the impressive amount of warm clothing that will be donated.

WHERE:
NAIT Main Campus
Room E230 (2nd Floor, E Wing – map attached)
11762 106 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

WHEN:
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. (photo op)

WHO:
Gordon Smith, Share the Warmth spokesperson and retired NAIT instructor
Garry Wilson, NASA President
Susan Fitzsimmons, NAIT Vice-President Academic
Gordon Cutting, Vice-President Communications, NAIT Academic Staff Association

About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 40,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to the provincial economy. NAIT also contributes to Alberta’s prosperity by helping business and industry become more competitive with Industry Solutions offered through its Productivity and Innovation Centre, including technology adoption, business and product innovation and industry-driven research. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.