Haunted house helps Vernon’s homeless

10 large bags of warm clothing and blankets collected on Halloween

A spooktacular turnout at a local haunted house is warming the souls of Vernon’s less fortunate.

Along with handing out treats, an East Hill home put on a haunting display for trick or treaters. In turn, those coming to check out the haunted yard were asked to bring warm clothing or blankets to donate for the homeless.

Thanks to the community’s support, 10 large bags of clothing were collected.

All of the items collected will go towards the Sutton Group Lakefront Realty coat drive, which takes place Nov. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For those who missed the Halloween drive and want to donate, items can be dropped off from now until Nov. 22 at the Sutton office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (2749 30th St.).

“They go to about eight or 10 agencies in town, everything from the Transition House with baby stuff to the men’s shelters and anything in between,” said Tamara Cinnamon, Sutton owner.

The various agencies then take items to hand out to their clients.

“They always say by Christmas all of that is gone,” said Cinnamon.

And with the recent homeless census showing numbers have increased, and the weather beginning to chill, the need is only growing.

“Right now because it’s already getting cold they have nothing,” said Cinnamon of agencies in need of warm clothing, towels, blankets and anything to keep the cold out.


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