ABBOT, Maine — Victor and Cheryl Morin of Abbot end up every year with tons of used winter clothing left over from their annual fundraising yard sale for the JD Foundation, a nonprofit suicide prevention organization.
Rather than discard the clothing, the couple have organized their annual “Keeping Our Communities Warm” day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at their home in Abbot village. During that day anyone in need can get warm winter clothing free of charge.
“I feel like when people are in poverty, oftentimes they end up depressed, and this is just a little way to help that situation,” Cheryl Morin said Friday of the event. “It doesn’t matter what age you are, if you need it, we want you to come get it.”
If it weren’t for generous donations, the clothing project would be impossible, according to Morin. There are boots, coats, sweaters, ski pants and mittens for all ages. It is a community effort, she noted. For example, friends have made many pairs of mittens and donated them, she said. In addition, she purchased four coats on clearance for the event “because they were calling me.” The clothing, including some bedding, will be displayed under tents, rain or shine. Donations of clean items are still being accepted. There will be a donation bucket for those who want to help the JD Foundation named in memory of Cheryl’s son, William Jody Day, who died November 2005.
While the clothing will be free, the JD Foundation has some Christmas items that will be sold for a nominal fee. That includes Christmas decorations and new items that can be given as Christmas gifts.
T he JD Foundation offers suicide awareness training to schools and organizations. In addition, the foundation offers the Connecting with Spirit Program co-founded by Victor Morin. Morin and his friend Blaine Burhoe of Dover-Foxcroft recently completed a bicycle trip throughout Maine for suicide prevention.
Morin said the rapidly growing foundation is in need of volunteers. For more information, call Morin at 876-2295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.