Too many coats? We’ve got a solution.
Give the jacket off your back! Coats for Kids and Families is looking for winter gear.
The annual collection of jackets and warm winter clothing for Coats for Kids and Families is underway!
Drop boxes are at the Salvation Army, Westview Baptist Church, Town Centre Mall office and Wal-Mart until November 10.
Thank you for all your donations from the Lions Club, the Salvation Army and Westview Baptist Church.
The coats are given to people here in Powell River on limited incomes. All sizes from infant through adult triple XL are collected.
Our weather is best suited to water-resistant materials but if we receive wool coats we forward them to drier climates through the Salvation Army or MCC. We also happily accept mitts, hats and winter boots to complete the winter outfits.
We do not have the resources to clean or wash a lot of jackets so we do ask you to wash the garments before you give them to us if you can. Unfortunately we cannot use jackets with broken zippers. For our clients to be warm the garment must either button or zip up.
The poverty rate for families with children is very high in Powell River so it is our hope that if we can clothe our families through the coldest part of the year then their small income can be used for heat and groceries.
Our program began in 2005 when we gave away 150 items. The past two years we have given out over 2000 items per event. The families that come to us for their winter clothing are most grateful for the generosity of the people of Powell River.
Thank you for helping us to keep folks warm for winter.
– Marilyn Brooks