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Rural Students Donate Bundle of Clothing to Siloam Mission

November 1, 2012 10:15 AM | News

Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)

A group of students from Ile des Chênes dropped off a large donation of clothing to Siloam Mission Thursday morning.

Having spent last night outdoors on school grounds, the students from École/College Regional Gabrielle-Roy got a sense of what it was like to be homeless.

It’s the third year the students have camped out to practice solidarity with Manitoba’s less fortunate. To help their cause, they also collected clothing donations over the last several weeks.

“It’s preparing them to be young, strong, responsible adults. Empathy may just create a stronger next generation,” said Monique Guénette, the school’s grad advisor.

Siloam Mission’s executive director Floyd Perras applauded the initiative.

“They’re at a time where they form their values and think about what kind of person they want to be in the future. It’s so beneficial for them to understand all aspects of society, including poverty and homelessness,” Perras said.