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Needy kids need coats
Winter has begun to blow in our ears, signaling the return of mitts, tuques and other woolly friends.
But many London children are without warm clothing to call their own.
The Boy's and Girl's Club of London is responding to their needs with the annual Koats for Kids campaign.
"This is the club's way of giving back to the community for what they do for us," said club spokesperson Eadie Micks, adding this is the program's 13th year.
"Less than 3,000 coats have been collected in the past two years, compared to approximately 7,000 in earlier years," Micks said. "The coats mostly go to those new to the country."
Clothes can be donated to The Boy's and Girl's Club (184 Horton St.) or at the following dry cleaners: Sketchley Cleaners, Orr Cleaners, Burdock's Cleaners and Canada Cleaners.
"Every item counts," Meaks said. "Hats, mitts, snow pants, coats it all makes a difference."
Local "community" seeks expansion
On Saturday, a fund-raising event focusing on South Asian culture will raise money for a developmentally challenged community.
London is home to a unique community called L'Arche, one of 100 chapters worldwide, where those with developmental disabilities can live and grow independently.
There is currently one L'Arche community in London and its board members wish to open a second, according to board member Charles Spina.
Spina explained L'Arche will be holding a fund-raiser for a second community in London. The event will highlight South Asian culture complete with South Asian food, dance and art, he added.
Saturday's event will be held at Brescia College's auditorium at 7 p.m. and will be the largest fund-raising event L'Arche has ever held. Tickets are $8.
For information contact L'Arche at 641-2262.
Don't get scared away
Have no fear, next week is Western's Campus Safety Week.
University Students' Council VP-campus issues Sera Vavala said a series of booths will be set up in the University Community Centre Tuesday through Thursday.
"It's important that students are aware of certain issues, especially concerning their own safety," Vavala said.
Next week will be devoted to addressing and educating campus safety concerns and will include information on personal and property safety.
Some of the groups participating in the week include the University Police Department, Foot Patrol and the President's Committee for the Safety of Women on Campus.