Why We Shouldn’t Judge When it Comes to Underdressed Kids

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I’m a mom. Naturally, I dislike the feeling of being judged on my parenting skills. Whether it’s TV consumption, vegetable consumption (or lack thereof), extracurricular schedules or how often a child is instructed to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ – there are more than enough opinions flying around.

When infants and kids are outside this time of the year without appropriate winter gear on, a questioning glance from a disapproving parent is inevitable. But what if the lack of warm outdoor clothing isn’t a result of negligence on behalf of mom or dad, but just the harsh reality that a snowsuit, hat, mitts, and boots are very expensive!

Parents new to Canada struggle to afford winter essentials

The folks at Parkdale Parents Primary Prevention Program (5Ps) get a front row seat to the struggle parents go through trying to afford winter clothing, particularly those new to Canada. Right now, they have a need for 50 pairs of hats and mitts for infants 0-12 months and 20 infant snowsuits.

Troop featured this need for winter gear from 5Ps and thanks to several Troop members we raised $221.97 (including items ordered from their Amazon Wish List). We have 9 infant snowsuits, plus a bunch of hats and mitts ready for drop off to 5Ps.

Eight new infant snowsuits, one used snow suit and a bunch of new and used hats and mitts for the members of 5Ps.

Now we just need to snow to fall so these suits can be put to good use #whatsupwithwinter! Thanks to everyone who helped warm the babies.

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