Boy collects warm clothing for needy

With winter weather approaching fast, 10-year-old Meadow Lake resident Brayden Hallberg has set out to help vulnerable people stay warm. He was prompted to act after learning about a man who froze to death in Elks Park in November 2010.

With winter weather approaching fast, 10-year-old Meadow Lake resident Brayden Hallberg has set out to help vulnerable people stay warm. He was prompted to act after learning about a man who froze to death in Elks Park in November 2010.

by Derek Cornet

In the spirit of giving, a 10-year-old boy has been collecting warm clothing items and distributing them to some of Meadow Lake’s most vulnerable residents.

Brayden Hallberg and his family traditionally donate a turkey and ham to the Door of Hope to celebrate the passing of Thanksgiving Day. But, this year Brayden wanted to do something new and remembered an incident his mother, Denise Hallberg, told him about regarding a man who froze to death in Elks Park.

On Nov. 22, 2010, a passerby discovered a 60-year-old man laying next to a bench in the park. At the time, RCMP said there were indicators the deceased had frozen to death as the temperature had dipped below -30 C overnight.

“It really bothered him people were passing away because they weren’t dressed properly,” Denise said.

She went on to say it is heartwarming to see her son’s ambition to help people in need. She described her son as a soft-hearted individual who’s always concerned about others.

“In the summer, he was already talking about the coats,” Denise said. “But, we just recently began asking for donations on Facebook, and friends and family have always also been helping out.”

Along with his mother, Brayden has already started to distribute items, and he said recipients are thankful for the clothing. He added he enjoys helping other people and his actions make him feel good.

“We just walk up to people and ask them if they need a coat,” Brayden said. “Sometimes they will say yes because what they have on are thin jackets.”

Denise said anyone wanting to donate items could do so via her Facebook page.

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