Halifax girl collects truckload of clothing for Shelter Nova Scotia

Maria Fitzgerald was inspired to help the homeless and her efforts turned into a neighbourhood donation drive this weekend.

Maria Fitzgerald was inspired to help the homeless and her efforts turned into a neighbourhood donation drive

Maria Fitzgerald, 12, started a campaign to help to ease the chill of winter for the city's homeless by collecting winter clothing donations. (CBC News)

A 12-year-old from Halifax hoping to help the homeless, helped gather a full truckload of goods during a weekend donation drive. 

Maria Fitzgerald, 12, got the idea after encountering two men asking for change outside a Halifax Mooseheads hockey game.

"It stemmed a lot of questions in her mind as what they do, and how they stay warm, and what they do at night and everything," said her mother Colleen Fitzgerald. 

The family decided to contact Shelter Nova Scotia and started a drive for gloves, boxers, and new or used blankets.

Called "Maria's Comfort and Joy Campaign," the Fitzgerald family collected items at their home on Grosvenor Road Saturday. 

Colleen Fitzgerald said gear for both men and women, as well as food and cash donations, poured in to their garage for hours. They later took the donations in a cube van to Shelter Nova Scotia. 

"It's just amazing that a 12-year-old would have the initiative to think of people who don't have as much as perhaps we have," said Theresa Goodhew, while dropping off a blanket, gloves and a cash donation. 

"If she's a sign of our new generation, it's going to be a wonderful world."

People dropped off items for men and women at the Fitzgerald's house on Saturday. (CBC)

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