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At Royal Inland Hospital, a Joint Effort brings warmth

Royal Inland Hospital employees are making a difference in the community through the Joint Effort Campaign, putting winter jackets and apparel in the hands of those in need.

Royal Inland Hospital employees are making a difference in the community through the Joint Effort Campaign, putting winter jackets and apparel in the hands of those in need.

Throughout November, RIH staff are donating coats, gloves, tuques, toiletries, blankets and some children's clothing to the Joint Effort Campaign, which is being organized for the second year by the hospital's orthopedic clinic staff.

This year's recipient is the CMHA- Emerald Centre emergency homeless shelter on West Victoria Street.

The response so far has been huge, said co-organizer Lindsay Gardner, a licensed practical nurse and orthopedic technician. The clinic sent out a hospital-wide email encouraging donations and immediately had a positive response.

The month of November was chosen because it will help support the local agency at a time when its needs are ramping up due to the cold weather.

For Emerald Centre manager Charlene Eden, the large amount of clothing helps to give her clients a choice — many for the first time.

"They actually get to look through them and find something that fits their own choice," she said. "It helps give clients respect back."