Coats for Kids Helps Community for 25th Year

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25th Annual Coats For Kids

Saturday’s snowy weather came in perfect timing for the 25th Annual CTV Coats for Kids campaign’s distribution day at Community Living Algoma.

Coats for Kids is an initiative that provides infants, children, and teens with gently used winter jackets, snowsuits, boots and other suitable winter wear, collected throughout the community for six weeks prior to the distribution day.

“We offer a personal shopping experience,” Coats for Kids Coordinator Anita Paci told SaultOnline.

“So when families come in, we assign them to a shopper, that shopper helps them pick out a coat, ski pants, boots, hats and mitts, and the kids are all set for winter.”

Paci explained that this factor makes the experience more personalized, making it easier to make the families feel welcome.

“It’s hard to ask for help,” she said.

“We’re here to outfit as many kids as we can, and there’s no questions asked.”

Paci said initiatives such as this are a great way to give back to the community.

“If it weren’t for the organizations who served as drop-off locations and for the volunteers and Community Living Algoma, this program probably wouldn’t be possible.”

Any items leftover at the end of the day, and any adult clothing received through donation, get distributed to local resources such as the Soup Kitchen, St. Vincent’s Place and the Neighbourhood Resource Centre to name a few.