The Canadian Diabetes Association is looking for Estevan’s clothes.
As part of the association’s Clothesline Program, a clothing drive will be held on Oct. 17 in Estevan. The drive is looking for clothes, linens and any other cloth-based items that people in the Energy City don’t want or need anymore.
The Fill A Truck events are typically held on May long weekend across the country, and the time for Estevanites to help donate is coming soon.
Karen Cederwall, regional director of the National Diabetes Trust, said it’s a good way for some people to make a donation to the Diabetes Association who may not be able to afford a financial contribution.
Cederwall said they have accepted other items, like pots and pans and old electronics, but said this time around they are looking to accept only items that are of a cloth material.
“We’re hoping for it to be just a clothing drive, and depending on how well it goes, we’ll look at expanding that further," she said.
They usually take all of these items because as they see it, it’s better to donate them than to see them end up in a landfill.
“It’s a great alternative for people to donate, especially if times are tough for some people,” said Cederwall. “It’s another to donate their used and unwanted items. It diverts them from the landfills.”
A press release noted that they take in 46 million kilograms of goods and it reduces their donors’ carbon footprints by 115 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
“This is one of our first clothing drives (in Estevan),” said Cederwall. “We’re hoping that if it’s successful, we can look at doing something more permanent there, as far as having a spot for people to drop off their clothing.”
She noted that as long as people are donating something in line with their cloth-only rule, they are willing to accept clothing from any season, as well as accessories to clothing like shoes or purses.
The Clothesline Program has been active since 1985, and is country-wide. The organization has also teamed up with Value Village, who buys the donated goods from the program. All of the net proceeds from those sales go to support the Canadian Diabetes Association.
“The proceeds go to help all of the diabetes initiatives, so there’ll be research, so depending on where the research grants have been issued that year, (that’s where the money will go). It’s also to raise awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and educating people on what they need to do to manage their disease.”
She added that some of the money goes to supporting summer camps for children with diabetes.
“We do have camps in Saskatchewan that those proceeds would definitely go to help.”
The drop-off location for the clothing drive is the Church of God, and items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.