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‘Angels’ help less fortunate

<p>They braved the storm themselves to lessen its impact on those less fortunate.</p>

Tracey Tong/Metro Ottawa

Angels in the Night volunteers Alex Polk, Ingrid Patry and Josh Patry sort goods the group delivered to four area shelters last night.

They braved the storm themselves to lessen its impact on those less fortunate.

One volunteer group lived up to its name last night as dozens of volunteers with the Ottawa chapter of Angels in the Night went out into the cold to deliver $60,000 worth of winter wear to four local shelters.

Although the chapter raised $20,000, it made the money go three times as far, purchasing $60,000 worth of winter coats, socks, hats, mitts, blankets and personal hygiene products for four shelters — including the Salvation Army men’s shelter, Emergency Shelter for women, Cornerstone and Forward Family shelter.

“These are things that the shelter will need anytime, but especially at this time of year,” said Ingrid Patry, a mortgage broker at Invis in Ottawa. “When it gets cold, shelters get busier. We want to do anything we can to lessen the load.”

“It’s important to help any way we can,” said Angels volunteer David McAllister. “Especially at this time of year, it’s important to be as generous as we can.”

A community event founded by Invis in 2002, the event here is a part of a national event that took place in 13 cities last night across Canada.

The project has raised more than $1 million for clothing and supplies for shelters since its inception. All money raised in the city stays locally, said Patry.

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