The gloves are on!

By Geoff Lee

November 15, 2016 12:00 AM

WARMTH ON MANY LEVELS Northern Factory Workwear owners, Neal and Pam Beznoska, on the left, donated about $1,500 worth of new gloves to the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre Nov. 9 to reps, Amelie Bouchard and Bonnie Start, on the right on. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

A donation of winter gloves and clothing from Northern Factory Workwear to the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre is a reminder that colder days are ahead.
Staff from the Friendship Centre picked up the goods on Nov. 8 on one of the warmest days on record for that date knowing they will be in demand soon when the spell ends.
“Unfortunately, we know in this country it’s not going to be here for long so I’m sure there will be lots of people needing warm clothing,” said Bonnie Start, executive director of the friendship centre.
The clothing donated by Factory Workwear owners, Neal and Pam Beznoska, featured about $1,500 worth of Bob Dale insulated deerskin gloves.
The Beznoskas’ charity more than doubles the $1,000 grant for clothing awarded to the friendship centre by SaskEnergy’s Share the Warmth program. The grants are given to organizations that serve disadvantaged members of communities, such as shelters, youth centres, or crisis intervention organizations.
“With that contribution from them, we contacted Northern Factory Workwear and asked them it they’d help us to maximize the dollars that we received through the grant,” said Start.
“They were generous enough to offer us quite a substantial amount of donated items as well as giving us discounts on additional items —we are very appreciative of that.”
SaskEnergy has also provided a winter clothing donation box at Winston Churchill School with additional collections bins at the Loyal Order of Moose and Lloydminster Legion Branch 39.
Start says the Friendship Centre has always kept a donation closet full of winter clothing, but says supplies run out quickly when the temperature dips.
“This is the first time that we’ve received support from SaskEnergy so we’re very appreciative of it and it’s allowed us to really maximize what we’re able to give out,” she said.
The grant cheque will allow the centre to buy clothing such as toques, gloves and scarves. The donation from Workwear of small, medium, large and extra large gloves in adult men’s sizes will steer the friendship centre to source more women’s and children’s sizes to meet the need.
As for what motivates the Beznoskas to help with the clothing drive, Neal said helping the community is what they like to do.
“We feel there is always a need to help out the community when we can and this is one way we can help support the community and the Native Friendship Centre,” he said.
He noted there are other projects they do in the community, but adding to the value of the Share the Warmth program is a new one for them.
“We do what we can to help the community, especially in times that are tough,” he said.
As for the usually mild weather in the early part of November, Beznoska cautioned that Lloydminster hasn’t missed a winter yet.
“It will be here whether it’s a long one or not—it will get her eventually.”

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