Police & the Community


The Mitten Trees Have Sprung

The Mitten Trees Have Sprung
December 6th, 2017 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service is once again collecting donations for the annual Mitten Tree campaign.

Nineteen (19) years ago Constable Janet Schefter had a vision. Her goal was to ensure a group of individuals were kept warm throughout the winter months, which led to the creation of the Mitten Tree.

Many families, including seniors, are faced with low income, high rent and everyday living expenses. To make ends meet, it’s a struggle. Throughout the years the need to help individuals stay warm within the community became apparent, and has now doubled in 2017.

The mitten tree is one of many holiday initiatives which allow members of the Barrie Police Service and the community to give back. Over 20,000 hats, mittens, gloves and scarves have been distributed to individuals of all ages, throughout the City of Barrie and surrounding area.

The success of the Mitten Tree can be attributed to the generosity of the community, local elementary schools and members of the Barrie Police Service.

The Mitten Trees continue to become more vibrant and erupt with vast donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves which have been donated to:

  • Out of the Cold
  • Youth Haven
  • David Busby Street Centre
  • The Women and Children's Shelter of Barrie
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and Addiction Services
  • CARAH House
  • Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Salvation Army Barrie
  • Hospice Simcoe

It is a pleasure to announce for a second year, the north-end Zehrs will be accepting donations on behalf of the Barrie Police Service. If you would like to donate to the Mitten Tree campaign, please visit the Barrie Police Service at 29 Sperling Drive, 60 Bell Farm Road, Unit # 1 or the north-end Zehrs, located at 607 Cundles Road, East, Barrie.

All donated items must be newly purchased for health reasons. Donations will be accepted up until Thursday, December 21, 2017. All inquiries can be directed to Constable Janet Schefter at 705-725-7025, ext. 2925